Revenge Against the Rivals

After losing to Wash U at the beginning of UAA play on a last second shot, the men’s basketball team will look to take down the No. 5 Bears.

By Ola Obi

Last weekend, the Maroons were on the road between two cities. With a great start to the weekend in Boston, the South Siders picked up a dub on Friday in their match against the Brandeis Judges. This resulted in a final score of 82–74, giving the Maroons a record of six wins and six losses within the conference.

This was a good game for all members of the team, but it was a special one for second-year shooting guard Noah Karras. Karras broke the school record this year for most three-pointers made in a game, with 11 three-pointers in his game against the Judges. Previously the record for season 3-pointers was 71 and Karras went 7/11 at the arc to bring him to 73 made shots on the season. 

“It’s always fun when a teammate is able to achieve something like that, especially so early in his career. We were also extremely excited to get these two wins because we have a lot of alumni showing their support in the Boston and New York area,” fourth-year Tyler Howard said.

Following Friday’s game, the Maroons then took to the Big Apple to battle against the NYU Violets. This was an incredible victory for the Maroons, blowing the doors off the Violets with a final score of 80–60. Third-year small forward Collin Barthel had a great game with a double-double of 18 points and ten defensive rebounds. After these road victories, the Maroons gained a little ground in conference rankings, moving from fifth to fourth place, with a record of 7–6. 

This upcoming weekend marks the final hurrah for the Maroons. On Saturday, the South Siders take to the road to face up against final UAA competitor Wash U. Closing the season away is tough, but the Maroons are ready to battle it out. 

In their previous game against the Wash U Bears, the Maroons went toe-to-toe, but the game ended 70–68 with the loss for the Maroons on a goaltend, so it is expected that Saturday’s game will also be an entertaining match. The Bears currently sit at the top of the conference with a record of 12–1. 

 “We are just looking to go out there and have a great game and get a win. We know we won’t be making the tournament, so it’s pretty crazy to realize that this is going to be the last basketball game I will ever play,“ Howard said on the implications of this game. 

Unfortunately, the Maroons are indeed out of the playoff hunt and will finish this season in St. Louis regardless of the result. Game time is set for 2 p.m.