CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team (8-10 overall, 0-7 UAA) looks to snap an eight-game losing skid and notch a pair of University Athletic Association victories at Horsburgh Gymnasium this weekend when it welcomes the Judges of Brandeis University (Mass.) (11-7 overall, 5-2 UAA) on Friday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m. and the No. 19 nationally-ranked Violets of New York University (15-2 overall, 5-2 UAA) on Sunday, February 5 at noon as part of the seventh annual Throwback Weekend.
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(Ron Jantz, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
After matching the best 10-game start in program history (8-2), the Spartans have dropped eight in a row, including two on the road last weekend at Brandeis (78-74 OT) and NYU (89-80). Despite the losses, junior forward Austin Fowler averaged 21.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and four assists during the two games with his second and third-consecutive double-doubles. For the season, the Spartans have been outscored by an average of 73.1 ppg to 71.5, but have outrebounded the competition, 37.0 rpg to 34.4. As a team, Case shoots .454 from the field, including .400 from three-point range, and .720 from the free throw line.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE LEADERS
Austin Fowler leads the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg and is third in rebounding at 6.9 rpg. David Thompson is second on the squad in scoring at 12.8 ppg and ranks second on the team and fourth in the UAA at 7.7 rpg. Senior forward Tom Summers is third in scoring at 10.8 ppg, while leading the UAA in rebounding at 7.9 rpg. Freshman forward Dane McLoughlin is the top freshman scorer in the Association averaging 10.6 ppg with a team-high 30 three-pointers. Freshman guard Julien Person averages 6.9 ppg and is second on the squad in assists at 2.7 per game and blocked shots at 1.0 per game. Freshman point guard Jordan Dean checks in at 6.2 ppg and averages a team-best 3.8 assists per game.
Senior forward Tom Summers, the UAA's top rebounder at 7.9 rpg, has a shot at two significant milestones by season's end. With 916 career points, Summers is 84 points shy of joining the CWRU 1,000-point club and would need to average 12 points per game over the final seven to reach 1,000. Also with 671 career rebounds, Summers is 82 rebounds away from Carson Oren's (2002-06) record of 753 and would need to average around 11.8 per game to reach the milestone. This season, Summers has five double-doubles and is riding a streak of six-straight games with double-digit scoring.
As part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend, the Spartan men are wearing uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats) on Friday and Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders) on Sunday. WRU and CIT federated in 1967 to become Case Western Reserve University.
Three of Case Western Reserve's top-six scorers are freshmen with forward Dane McLoughlin averaging 10.6 ppg and guards Julien Person and Jordan Dean averaging 6.9 ppg and 6.2 ppg, respectively.
SCOUTING THE JUDGES
The Judges have won three-consecutive games including an 80-67 victory at home versus Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) last Sunday. Five players scored in double-figures, including Derek Retos with 12 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range. Including last Friday's win versus Case Western Reserve, the Judges are 3-0 in overtime games this season. For the year, Brandeis has averaged 69.8 points per game while allowing the exact same amount by its opponents and outrebound the opposition 34.1 rpg to 33.2 rpg. Brandeis shoots .467 from the field, including .427 from three-point range, and .702 from the free throw line.
Ben Bartoldus averages a team-best 12.3 ppg to go along with 3.1 rebounds. Derek Retos, one of the nation's most prolific three-point shooters in the country, averages 12.2 ppg and is 54-of-113 (.478) from beyond the arc. Vytas Kriskus checks in at 11.4 ppg on 25-of-50 (.500) from three-point range and 5.4 rebounds per game. Youri Dascy averages 10.1 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds.
CWRU VS. BRANDEIS SERIES
The Spartans and Judges have met 37 times on the hardwood with Brandeis holding a 22-15 lead in the all-time series. Brandeis has won the last two meetings, both at home, and the host team has won five in a row in the series. Case's last victory came in the early stages of last year's UAA schedule by a score of 66-63 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
CWRU VS. BRANDEIS LAST MEETING
The Judges defeated the Spartans, 78-74, in an overtime affair last Friday, January 27 in Waltham, Massachusetts. Case erased a late, seven-point deficit to force the extra period, but Brandeis rode a quick 6-0 run to earn its second-straight overtime victory. Spartan senior forward Tom Summers recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while junior forward Austin Fowler added 17 markers and 14 boards. Brandeis was led by Ben Bartoldus with 14 points, while Youri Dascy and Derek Retos each scored 13.
SCOUTING THE VIOLETS
The Violets, ranked No. 19 in the nation by D3hoops.com, had won 4-of-5 heading into Friday night's game at Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). Last weekend, NYU was upset by the Tartans, 70-68 at home, but rebounded to defeat Case Western Reserve, 89-80. Prior to Friday's game at CMU, NYU had been outscoring its opponents, 76.5 ppg to 61.4, and winning the battle on the boards, 36.5 rpg to 34.1.
Prior to Friday night's game at CMU, Andy Stein averaged a team-best 17.6 points per game -- good for fourth in the UAA. Stein was also second on the team in rebounding at 6.6 rpg. Carl Yaffe checked in at 14.1 ppg and a team-high 7.2 rpg, while Kyle Stockman averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Ryan Tana led the squad in assists at 4.2 apg, ranking fourth in the UAA.
CWRU VS. NYU SERIES
The Spartans and Violets have met 38 times on the hardwood with NYU holding a 28-10 lead in the all-time series. The Violets have won the last two meetings, each at home, and the host team has won five in a row in the series. The Spartans have won the last two match-ups in Cleveland with scores of 80-76 in 2011 and 69-51 in 2010. Prior to Case's home victory in 2010, the Violets had won 13-straight meetings between the two.
CWRU VS. NYU LAST MEETING
NYU defeated the Spartans, 89-80, last Sunday, January 29 at the Jerome S. Coles Center in New York City. The Violets never trailed in game and led by as many as 19 with 9:57 left to play before the Spartans rallied with a 29-16 run that cut their deficit to just six with under a minute remaining. Spartan junior forward Austin Fowler led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record his third-consecutive double-double. Andy Stein paced four Violets in double-figures with 25 points.