Clark’s Career Day Gives Spartans a 96-79 Win at Allegheny

Clark’s Career Day Gives Spartans a 96-79 Win at Allegheny

The Case Western Reserve University senior guard Matt Clark scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Spartans to a 96-79 win over host Allegheny College on Saturday, completing a two-game sweep for the Spartans at the Fourth-Annual Greg Richards Memorial Classic in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

The Spartans improved to 4-1 overall on the season with the win, including a perfect 3-0 record away from home, while Allegheny dropped to 0-4 for the campaign with the loss.

Clark shot a blistering nine-of-12 from the field, including a five-for-six day from long range.  The 27 points surpassed his previous career-high of 24, scored during the Spartans game against the University of Rochester on February 22, 2015.  Clark also collected a team-high three steals and four rebounds during Saturday's game.

Senior guard Jimmy Holman added 19 points, with junior guard Javier Alvarez tallying a career-best 17 points, and sophomore guard Colin Zucker matching his career-high with 15 points.  Following the game, Holman was selected to the All-Tournament team.

The Spartans never trailed in the game, opening an early 9-6 lead over the Gators, before going on a 16-2 run, culminating with a layup by senior Spencer Boyd with 12:50 to play in the first half that gave the team a 25-8 advantage.  The CWRU lead remained in double digits until Allegheny closed the half with seven-consecutive points over the final minute of play to pull within seven, 50-43, after 20 minutes.

The 50 first-half points were the most in a half this season by the Spartans, who shot 57.1% (20-for-35) from the field during the frame.  Alvarez scored 11 points in the first half, with Zucker and Clark adding on 10 points each.

Clark would knock down a three-pointer to start the second half and boost the Spartans' lead back to double-digits, 53-43, and CWRU would never see its lead dip below nine the rest of the game.

CWRU shot a season-best 57.1 % (36-for-63) from the field on Saturday, while connecting on 10-of-26 three-point attempts.  The 96 points were the team's highest total in a game since a 97-68 win over Penn State – New Kensington on November 30, 2014.

Case Western Reserve will return to Horsburgh Gymnasium on Tuesday, November 24th to play host to Denison University at 7:00 p.m.