Spartan Men Drop Weekend Finale to Hot-Shooting No. 12 Washington U.

Julien Person (photo by Ryan Baker)
Julien Person (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team lost its University Athletic Association weekend finale by a score of 95-75 to No. 12 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans (14-6, 5-4 UAA) lose back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Bears (16-4, 5-4 UAA) shot .548 from the field and move into a tie with the Spartans and three others for second place in the conference.

Senior guard Julien Person (Paris, France/Second Baptist, Texas) led the Spartans in the scoring column with a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.

All five Washington U. starters scored in double-figures led by Mitch Styczynski with 20 points and Nick Burt with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Luke Silverman-Lloyd hit four of the Bears' eight three-pointers in the game as part of a 17-point effort.

Last Sunday in St. Louis, CWRU hit a season-high 15 three-pointers en route to its first victory against Washington U. since 2005.

Today, the Bears shot a scorching .586 in the first half and built three separate 10-point leads. The third came with a Matt Palucki layup that made the score 42-32 with 2:56 on the clock. The Spartans then scored four in a row and eventually went to halftime down, 46-38.

In the second, the hot shooting continued for the visitors, and a 9-0 run bumped the advantage to 64-48 as Palucki hit a jumper with 14:14 remaining. The Spartans were unable to get closer than 12 for the duration.

In addition to the shooting numbers, the Bears held a commanding lead on the boards (40-25).

Senior forward Dane McLoughlin (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) was the only other Spartan in double-figures with 11 points.

The Spartans now hit the road for games in New York City and Boston next weekend. New York University is the first opponent on Friday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Jerome S. Coles Center.