Month: November 2014

Senior Ian Joyce Gives Thanks

The UChicago Maroons’ season is off to a 3-1 start, with the Maroons finally hosting their first home game of the year this Saturday at 3 p.m. And although the team already has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, from getting to tour the White House to making Top 25 list, Ian Joyce took a moment to look at the bigger picture:


3-1 Maroons Return Home

After coming up 3-1 on the road, the UChicago Maroons finally return home this upcoming Saturday; the Maroons will take on the Beloit Buccaneers at 3 p.m. at Ratner Athletic Center. For a recap on what happened on the road last weekend, check out this article from the Chicago Maroon:

After two barnburners, 3–1 squad returns home

They don’t get much closer than this.

This weekend Chicago went 1–1 on the road at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, returning home from the nation’s capital with an impressive 3–1 overall record.

In their first game of the tournament, the Maroons suffered a heartbreaking 81–79 overtime loss against No. 12 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (3–0).

“Going into WPI, [head] coach [Mike McGrath] really stressed the fact that we needed to compete for rebounds and offensive rebounds,” said second-year forward Waller Perez.

The team did just that, outrebounding their opponents by an impressive 49–33 count. Perez led the Maroons with 11 boards.

Despite Chicago’s domination down low, the Engineers got off to a quick start, forcing 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game. After halftime, the Maroons countered and went on a 10–1 run to close the gap. The game went back and forth all the way to the buzzer, as third-year guard Jordan Smith willed Chicago into overtime by sinking a three-pointer with just seconds remaining in regulation.

In overtime, the South Siders were unable to limit their turnovers and stop the sharpshooting Engineers, and Worcester ended up pulling out the win.

“I think our team gave them some easy baskets due to lack of focus in certain instances,” Perez said. “Also, we needed to execute more on the timing of some of our plays.”

The Maroons fared better in their second game of the tournament against the host team Stevenson, as Chicago came out on top in a 73–71 thriller.

“Our game plan was to stop their transition offense,” said second-year point guard Tyler Howard. “We knew the keys to winning would be to handle their pressure, play team defense, and win the rebounding battle.”

The team did cut down on its turnovers, but it was outrebounded for the first time this season 34–32. Additionally, the Mustangs outshot Chicago in every category, yet couldn’t seem to overcome the Maroons’ defense in the final stretches.

After working their way back from a game-long deficit, the Mustangs were unable to seal the game. They surged ahead 61–59 late in the second half, only to be overcome by back-to-back threes from Howard and third-year forward Alex Voss. In the end, the South Siders won with a two-point bucket with seven seconds left in the game.

“We stayed composed toward the end of the game and boxed out and got stops when we needed,” Howard said. “We stayed together as a team. I think this game proved that we can compete with any team in the country if we play together and execute our game plan.”

Perez led Chicago with 17 points, and Howard added 13 points, six assists, and five steals.

Chicago next plays on November 29 at home against the Beloit Buccaneers (2–1). Tipoff is at 3 p.m. at Ratner. This game kicks off the UChicago Tournament, which will conclude the following day.

The Maroons Start Off The Season 2-0

Coming off of their most recent win over the Dominican Stars, the UChicago Maroons are off to a 2-0 start on the season.

“We are clearly happy to start the season 2-0, especially with a couple of road wins,” stated head coach Mike McGrath on Thursday morning. “The team definitely has lofty goals for the season, so it is what we needed to do in these games.”

Outscoring the Stars 70-48, the Maroons allowed the lowest number of points to their opponent since their 109-46 win at IIT last year. They also led in the paint, 36-16, and held a 39-33 rebounding advantage. Junior forward Nate Brooks was the team’s leading scorer, totaling 20 points for the night, with junior guard Jordan Smith scoring 13. Freshman forward Collin Barthel grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as well.

During UChicago’s first matchup of the season against the Lake Forest Foresters, the Maroons came out on top, 75-68; the game closed out with a slam-dunk by Smith, finishing the night on an exciting note. Smith led the team in points with 27, adding to UChicago’s 58.1 field-goal percentage. Sophomore forward Blaine Crawford came up with 10 points and five rebounds, while junior forward Alex Voss led in rebounds with 11. The Maroons had a 40-27 rebounding edge overall.

“We shot the ball well from the floor and showcased the overall athleticism and ability we have,” Voss told the Chicago Maroon following the team’s win over the Foresters.

Last season UChicago went up against Lake Forest as well, defeating them 99-54.

On Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, the Maroons will take part in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic. Starting at 1 p.m. and noon respectively, they will be taking on Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Stevenson. UChicago is hoping to keep their momentum going and continue their winning streak.

“The tournament at Stevenson will match us up with two very good teams that will test us much more,” explained McGrath. “The team has been focused hard on improving and working hard each day to prepare for games like these.”

Check back on Saturday for links to live-streams and score updates, and visit our 2014-2015 schedule page to keep track of upcoming games.

Maroon Pride!

UChicago Defeats Dominican

 The UChicago Maroons took on the Dominican Stars on Tuesday night, making them 2-0 on the season so far. In case you missed the live-stream or did not get a chance to catch up on the final result, here is a recap (courtesy of 

UChicago men’s basketball locks down Dominican 70-48

The Maroons moved to 2-0 on the young season and the Stars fell to 0-2. It marked the lowest number of points allowed by the Maroons since their 109-46 win at IIT on Nov. 26, 2013.

Dominican was ahead 16-15 with about seven minutes left in the first half. UChicago quickly went on a run to go up 26-18, which included a three-pointer and dunk by junior guard Jordan Smith. The Maroons went into halftime with a 28-24 lead.

In the first four minutes of the second half, UChicago jumped out to a large lead that the team would hold the rest of the game. Junior forward Nate Brooks threw down two dunks and scored a layup during a 13-2 run that put the visitors ahead 41-26. The Maroons led by double digits for the final 10 minutes of regulation. Sophomore guard Tyler Howard directed the offensive effectively with eight assists and also swiped six steals defensively – both career highs.

UChicago led points in the paint 36-16 and also held a 39-33 rebounding edge. Brooks contributed on both counts with 20 points and five rebounds in only 18 minutes. The Stars also committed 19 turnovers compared to eight turnovers by the Maroons. UChicago got to the free-throw line twice as much as Dominican (33 attempts to 17 attempts), but struggled to convert, shooting 48.5 percent.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 44.6 percent (25-56)
Three-point Percentage – 26.7 percent (4-15)
Free-throw Percentage – 48.5 percent (16-33)
Nate Brooks (Forward, Jr.) – 20 points, 5 rebounds
Jordan Smith (Guard, Jr.) – 13 points, 6 rebounds
Blaine Crawford (Forward, So.) – 10 points, 3 rebounds
Tyler Howard (Guard, So.) – 7 points, 8 assists, 6 steals

Dominican Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 35.6 percent (16-45)
Three-point Percentage – 30.8 percent (4-13)
Free-throw Percentage – 70.6 percent (12-17)
Josh Mayberry – 15 points, 7 rebounds
Quinn Pokora – 10 points


  • Saturday, November 22 – UChicago vs. WPI (at Owings Mills, Md.), 2 PM (ET)

Game Two: The Maroons Take On The Stars

UChicago’s second game of the season tips-off tonight at 7 p.m. The Maroons, coming off of a win against the Lake Forest Foresters, will take on the Dominican Stars. Dominican fell 66-49 in their season opener against the Lawrence University Vikings, despite freshman Tim Robertson scoring 14 points in his collegiate basketball debut.

The game will be available to watch via live-stream at, but as usual be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for game updates as well.

Go Maroons!

Maroons Vs. Foresters: A Recap

The UChicago Maroons took on the Lake Forest Foresters last Saturday afternoon, marking the start of their 2014-2015 season. In case you missed the live-stream or did not get a chance to catch up on the final result, here is a recap (courtesy of 

Smith’s hot hand leads Maroon men’s basketball to 75-68 win versus Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Hot shooting led the University of Chicago men’s basketball team to a season-opening 75-68 win at Lake Forest College on Saturday.

The Maroons improved to 1-0 and the Foresters dropped to 0-1 to inaugurate the season. In their initial face-off last year, UChicago defeated Lake Forest 99-54.

The visitors attained a decisive 13-4 lead early on, with six points coming from junior guard Jordan Smith. They retained their momentum and entered the break with a 16-point lead against the Foresters. Leading into the half, Smith had scored 13 of UChicago’s 41 points while junior forward Alex Voss contributed six points and six rebounds. The Maroons shot an efficient 56.0 percent (14 of 25), while Lake Forest trailed with a 25.8 percentage (8 of 31).

The Foresters tightened the score up in the second half, getting to 45-36 within the first five minutes. After a series of fouls from both teams, the Maroons’ offense slowed slightly – scoring 34 points in the second half versus the 43 scored by their opponent. Lake Forest got within four points at 67-63 with just over two minutes remaining. But UChicago made six of its last eight free throws down the stretch to hold off the rally.

The game closed with a slam-dunk by Smith, bringing the season to an exciting start. The junior poured in a career-high 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field. UChicago held a significant rebounding advantage 40-27. The Maroons were beleaguered by 22 turnovers in the game versus seven by Lake Forest. UChicago’s 58.1 field-goal percentage was the third time in the last four games that the team has made over half its shots.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 58.1 percent (25-43)
Three-point Percentage – 38.9 percent (7-18)
Free-throw Percentage – 56.2 percent (18-32)
Jordan Smith (Guard, Jr.) – 27 points
Blaine Crawford (Forward, So.) – 10 points, 5 rebounds
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 7 points, 11 rebounds

Lake Forest Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 38.7 percent (24-62)
Three-point Percentage – 16.7 percent (3-18)
Free-throw Percentage – 68.0 percent (17-25)
Torrey Davis – 18 points
Jim Schick – 17 points


Tuesday, November 18 – UChicago at Dominican University, 7 PM

The Maroons Gear Up For The Foresters

As the season officially begins, the UChicago Maroons will take on the Lake Forest Foresters on Saturday, November 15 at 4 p.m. And with the first matchup of the year only a day away, the team is putting in long hours in the gym, to prepare both physically and mentally.

Check out some Maroons’ practice footage below, and do not forget to check our Facebook and Twitter pages in order to find out how you can follow along tomorrow afternoon!

2014-2015 Season Preview

Saturday, November 15 marks the official start of the Maroons’ 2014-2015 season. So, here are a few things to note regarding the Maroons in 2013-2014, and then a look at this year’s team.

Glancing Back

Last season, the Maroons came in third place in their conference, with a record of 8-6 (and an overall record of 15-10). Additionally, four players earned selection to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) teams: Royce Muskeyvalley, Derrick Davis, Sam Gage and Jordan Smith. Muskeyvalley earned Second Team All-UAA status, while the rest were Honorable Mentions (an accomplishment Muskeyvalley himself earned during the 2012-2013 season). UChicago also placed sixteenth in the final 2013-2014 standings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, making it the highest finish in school history; the previous best was twenty-fourth place in 2003-2004.

Moving Forward

This year marks head coach Mike McGrath’s sixteenth year at UChicago. He has an overall record of 221-161, including a 134-78 mark in UAA play. Joining him is assistant coach Jason Petti, who enters his fourth season with the UChicago staff; he previously served as volunteer assistant coach for two seasons.

Two seniors return to the squad this yearMuskeyvalley and Ian JoyceJoyce missed last year due to a knee injury and unfortunately Muskeyvalley will not be able to play this year due to a torn meniscus. Each will provide great leadership to the team throughout the year however. 

During 2012-2013, Joyce ranked second on the team with 11 blocks, averaging 3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. And as a freshman, he scored four points in three minutes against Kalamazoo and Case Western Reserve. Muskeyvalley ranks eighth in school history with 229 assists (as of last year). He started all 25 games with 10.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game and made Second Team All-UAA. He also led the team with 92 assists (3.7 per game) and 34 steals (1.4 per game) on the season, posting 11 games with double-digit points. As a sophomore, he scored a season-best 18 points against Rochester. And during his freshman year, he ranked third on the team in assists (52) and steals (13).

A strong group of  juniors return to the floor this year as well, and will be counted on heavily for the team that was picked to win the UAA this year.

Nate Brooks shot a team-high 57.5 percent from the field last season and had seven games with double-digit points and three games with double-digit rebounds. He was also an UAA All-Academic. Eric Robinson ranked second on the team for the season, with 12 blocks. Jordan Smith, an Honorable Mention All-UAA, started all 25 games and led the team with 11.2 points per game, along with 3.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 40.9 percent from the three-point range with a team-high 38 treys. John Steinberg played in all 25 games with 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game as an UAA All-Academic. And Alex Voss had three games with 13 points on the season, playing in all 25 games with 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Additionally, the development of sophomores will be key to the success of the team.

Blaine Crawford played in nine games last season, with 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Alex Gustafson played in 11 games with 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game and recorded season-highs of 12 points and nine rebounds at IIT. Tyler Howard also did well against IIT, posting season highs of nine points and three assists there, as did Waller Perez who scored a season-high seven points, with 1.7 points and 0.6 rebounds per game otherwise.

Alongside the veterans are some new faces. Five to be exact.

Collin Barthel was a state finalist at Cathedral, as well as Cathedral High School Men’s Athlete of the Year. He was a top 100 Junior-Senior Basketball Player and also made the All-City Basketball Team.

Jake Fenlon holds the school records for most three-pointers made in a single game (11) and most points scored in a home game (44). He played basketball all four years of his high school career and made First Team All-Greater Rochester and Ronald McDonald of Rochester All-Star.

Erik Muelheims was a four-year starter at Saint George’s. He also won 2013-2014 Athlete of the Year and was the fourth-leading scorer in school history; additionally, he was a three-time team MVP and team captain. He averaged17.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 48 percent from the field his senior year.

Ryan Shearmire started more games than anyone else in West Linn school history. He was a 6A State Champion during his junior and senior year, a two time All-State and made the All-State tournament three out of his four years as a varsity player.

Porter Veach did two years at New Trier, before transferring to Lake Forest, where he made the Illinois Lake County All-Star Game. He then played a post-graduate year at Vermont Academy.

UChicago will travel to Lake Forest to take on the Foresters at 4 p.m for their first game of the season. Links to live-score updates and radio broadcasts will be posted on Facebook and Twitter!

Welcome to A Maroon Minute!

Welcome to “A Maroon Minute,” the latest way for you to stay connected with University of Chicago Men’s Basketball! Whether you’re alumni, a current UChicago student, a fan of the team, or just passionate about college hoops in general…you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll learn about the program, get to know the current team, and keep up with the season.

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