November 15, 2010

Fowler’s Big Debut Leads Spartan Men to 85-64 Win versus Baldwin-Wallace

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a game and career-high 21 points in his Spartan debut as the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with an 85-64 victory versus cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College on Monday, November 15 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (1-0) return to action this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, as hosts of the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament. Case opens the weekend versus Washington & Jefferson College (PA) at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

The Spartans got out to a five-point lead, at 9-4, when Fowler connected on a three-pointer at the 14:26 mark. B-W tied the score at 11 apiece with a Matt Triana triple at 10:25 then took its first lead of 13-11 on a Scott Voiers layup at 9:39.

Case outscored B-W 20-8 over the next 7:51 and led 31-19 when sophomore Evan Tsudis (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) hit a layup with 1:48 left before half.  Freshman guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos) led the charge with eight points during the run.

The Yellow Jackets briefly cut the lead to nine, at 34-25, but Fowler hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left before break to make the score 36-25.

After the Spartan lead grew to 13 on three separate occasions, B-W once again pulled to within 11, at 49-38, when Voiers connected on a layup at the 11:45 mark. 

However, Case would open the game up with a 12-4 run ending in a dunk by senior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward), making the score 61-42 with 9:21 remaining. 

The Spartan lead grew to a high of 25 on four separate occasions, the first coming at 75-50 when Tsudis completed a three-point play with 4:07 remaining.

In addition Fowler's 21 points, three other Spartans reached double-figures including Chung with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. 

Case outrebounded B-W, 48-33, and was led on the glass by senior center Eric Duerr (Erie, PA/Central Catholic) with 11 boards, including seven offensive.

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