UR unable to push through strong defense in loss to Chicago

Courtesy of UofRathletics.com

Aggressive defense from the University of Chicago forced a 68-48 loss for the Rochester men’s team on Sunday at the Louis Alexander Palestra.

Rochester currently sits at 13-7, 4-5 UAA on the season. As for Chicago, they improved to a 9-11, 4-5 UAA record. The two teams met previously this season in which the Yellowjackets grabbed a 64-59 win.

Strong perimeter defense from Rochester held Chicago to 31.3% from the field in the first 10 minutes of action. The length of Ryan Algier (Fairport) added four and four rebounds in the first half. He finished with eight points and six boards.

The efforts of Trent Noordsij managed to keep Rochester afloat, as he contributed with five points, two rebounds and a steal.

Rochester was 4-of-7 from deep in the first half, as Patrick Benka was 2-of-2 from behind the arc.

Neither team managed to lead by more than five points in the first half. After nine lead changes, the Yellowjackets trailed 29-28 at halftime.

An opening 10-0 run in the second half by Chicago forced Rochester to play from behind.

Ross Gang continued to contribute throughout the second half. He stuffed the statsheet with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Despite scoring 28 points in the paint, Rochester couldn’t manage to earn the win.

Rochester finished 19-of-47 (40.4%) from the field, 4-of-15 (26.7%) from deep and 6-of-12 (50%) from the charity stripe.

The Yellowjackets will look forwards as they prepare to host Brandeis University on Friday at 8pm.

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