Shkil Scores Career-High in Loss at Chicago

Shkil Scores Career-High in Loss at Chicago

(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team dropped an 86-65 University Athletic Association (UAA) contest at the University of Chicago on Sunday, February 1. The loss moves Carnegie Mellon's record to 10-8, 1-6 UAA, while Chicago is now 13-5, 5-2.

The Maroons scored the first basket of the contest and held its lead the rest of the half. A pair of foul shots by senior Seth Cordts (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) made the score 18-15 with 10:44 to play.  Chicago then used an 8-2 run over the next two minutes to push its lead to 26-17.  Later, the Maroons closed the half on a 17-5 run and took a 45-26 advantage into the locker room. During the run, Jake Fenlon connected on three straight three-pointers.

Carnegie Mellon was led by eight first half points by sophomore Jack Serbin (New Albany, Ohio) who started the game making his first two shots from behind the arc.  The Maroons ended the first 20 minutes converting 9-of-17 from long range and shot 54.8% from the floor while Carnegie Mellon shot 34.5% from the floor and was 2-of-6 from outside the arc.
With 5:32 to play, Carnegie Mellon cut the lead to 76-61 following five straight points by Cordts. Chicago responded scoring six straight points and maintained control the rest of the way winning 86-65.

The Tartans ended the game shooting 38.7% from the floor, as Chicago finished shooting 56.9%.  The Tartans held the edge on the glass hauling in 35 rebounds to the Maroons' 34.

Serbin led three Tartans in double figures with 19 points.  Sophomore Chris Shkil (Mentor, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) cashed in with a career-high 14 points and Cordts finished with 13.  Serbin led all players with 10 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season.

Alex Voss led Chicago with a game-high 20 points. Nate Brooks and Waller Perez each had 12 points while Tyler Howard ended with 11.

Carnegie Mellon returns to action on Friday, February 6 when the entertain Washington University at 8:00 p.m.