NEW YORK, N.Y. – An 11-0 run midway through the second half doomed the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team in a 73-63 loss to New York University on Friday, February 11 at the Coles Sports Center.
The Spartans fall to 8-12 overall and 4-6 in the University Athletic Association. With its win, NYU (13-8, 2-8 UAA) snaps a four-game losing skid.
Senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) led the Spartans with 17 points and is now just five away from the 1,000 mark for his career. Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) totaled 14 points and six rebounds, while junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) and freshman guard Tim Chung (Cyrpress, CA/Los Alamitos) each scored 12.
NYU was led by Andy Stein with a game-high 27 points.
The first half was tightly contested, but the Spartans led 14-10 when Fowler nailed a three-pointer at 13:35. Case's advantage grew to a high of five at 4:15 when Chung hit a triple to make the score 23-18. NYU answered with a 10-0 run and moved ahead 28-23 following a Stein three-pointer with 2:01 left in the period. Each side hit one more basket in the final two minutes and NYU led 30-25 at the break.
In the second half, NYU scored the first bucket to increase its lead to seven, but the Spartans quickly trimmed their deficit to one, at 34-33, when Fowler hit a jumper at 15:59 to cap an 8-2 run. Case kept the pressure on and regained the lead at 41-40 when junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) scored a layup at 11:47. Undaunted, NYU responded with an 11-0 run and led 51-41 when Stein scored two with 7:47 remaining. The Spartans were unable to recover and suffered their sixth UAA loss of the season.
The Spartans wrap up the road portion of their schedule on Sunday at Brandeis University (MA) at 12:00 p.m.
The team is back home next Friday, February 18 versus Emory University (GA) at 8:00 p.m. Case Western Reserve will hold its annual Provost Pizza night, with free pizza for all fans in attendance.