Dominant Second Half Leads Spartan Men to 71-54 Win in Season Finale versus Carnegie Mellon
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a game-high 19 points and the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team outscored Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 41-19 in the second half en route to a 71-54 victory in the 2010-11 season finale on Saturday, February 26 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. Prior to tip-off, CWRU honored senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) for reaching 1,000 career points last weekend.
With the win, the Spartans finish at 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the University Athletic Association. Carnegie Mellon finishes at 7-17 and 4-10 UAA.
Fowler's 19 points were accompanied by a game and career-high 16 rebounds, giving the sophomore his fifth double-double of the season. Anderson finished the game with 13 points and 1,025 for his career.
Carnegie Mellon was led by Matthew Pettit and John Duhring with 14 points apiece.
CMU got out of the gate fast and led 14-4 when John Duhring connected on a jumper at 15:41. The Spartans got back in it with a 9-0 run and trailed 14-13 following an Anderson layup at 13:07. The Tartans quickly re-built their advantage to eight, at 25-17, following a Duhring three-pointer with 9:05 left in the period, but Case was able to battle back to within three, at 29-26, when Fowler hit a jumper to cap a 9-4 run at 4:32. Each side played it close over the remainder of the half, and CMU was able to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Spartans opened on a 7-2 run and tied the score at 37 when senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) converted a three-point play with 16:39 remaining. The Spartans then grabbed their first lead since the opening bucket of the contest when Fowler hit a jumper to make the score 41-39 at 14:55. The Spartans continued a 13-0 run, stretching their lead to 50-39 with a layup by junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) at 12:23. Case's lead grew to a high of 21, at 71-50, following the first career three-pointer by the six-foot, eight-inch Duerr with 49 ticks left on the clock.