Men’s Basketball Falls to Adrian 70-64

Men’s Basketball Falls to Adrian 70-64

Despite a 20-point effort from senior guard Jimmy Holman, the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team suffered a 70-64 loss to Adrian College at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday night.

The Spartans will head into a 24-day layoff with a 4-3 overall record following Saturday's loss, while Adrian improved to 6-2 overall with the victory.

Following a dunk by sophomore Eric Black with 14:24 left in the first half, the Spartans jumped out to a six-point lead, 10-4.  However, that would prove to be the largest lead of the contest for CWRU.

CWRU led 16-13 at the 8:46 mark in the first half, but Adrian closed the first frame on a 21-10 run to take a 34-26 advantage over the home-standing Spartans into halftime.

Case Western Reserve regained its form early in the second half, opening the period on a 9-0 run with a pair of three-pointers from sophomore David Black, and a third from Holman, that gave the Spartans a 35-34 lead with 17:34 remaining.  The CWRU defense held Adrian without a point through the first five minutes and 12 seconds of the second half, but a dunk by Christian Covile with 14:48 remaining in the game gave the Bulldogs the lead back at 36-35.

Adrian would never trail again, proceeding to go on a 9-0 run to take a 44-35 lead with 11:24 left in the game.  The Bulldogs' lead would climb to as many as 10 points in the second half, and Adrian would hold off Spartan rallies that cut the lead to a possession game at the 9:43 mark and again at the 7:40 mark.

Holman led the team with 20 points, shooting eight-for-19 from the field and four-for-10 from long range.  Eric Black added 16 points and five rebounds, while David Black contributed 13 points and five rebounds.  Senior Matt Clark rounded out the team's double-digit scorers with 11 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

DaVonte Harris led all Adrian scorers with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Covile turned in a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spartans will be off for over three weeks, returning to action against Kalamazoo College on Tuesday, December 29th, as a part of the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium.