Spartans’ Offense Breaks Out in 118-100 Win over Kalamazoo

Spartans’ Offense Breaks Out in 118-100 Win over Kalamazoo

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans put up the second-highest point total in program history with a 118-100 win over Kalamazoo College in the opening game of the 2015 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, presented by the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, on Tuesday night at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

With the win, the Spartans (5-3) advance to the championship game of the tournament to face Otterbein University, which defeated Wheaton College (Ill.) in the earlier game on Tuesday.  Kalamazoo (1-8) will take on Wheaton in the consolation game.

The 118 points were second only to the program record 135 scored by the Spartans against Westminster College on November 27, 2005.  CWRU connected on a season-high 18 three-pointers during the game, and shot 50.6% overall from the field, while never trailing.

Junior Javier Alvarez and sophomore Colin Zucker each scored a career-high 19 points off the bench to pace all Spartan scorers and lead a 60-point effort from the Spartans' reserves in the game.  Sophomore David Black added his first-career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, with senior Jimmy Holman (13 points), sophomore Eric Black (11 points) and freshman Michael White (10 points) capping off the Spartans' six double-digit scorers for the day.  Senior Spencer Boyd added eight points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in the well-rounded effort.

CWRU took the early advantage in the game on Tuesday, jumping out to a 13-point lead, 22-9, on a layup by Zucker  The Spartans continued to increase their advantage throughout the first half, taking a 19 point-lead after a David Black layup made the score 42-23 with 5:02 left in the frame.  The squad ended the period on a 7-2 run that featured a four-point play by Zucker and a three-pointer by Jimmy Holman, as CWRU carried a 21-point advantage, 58-37, into halftime.

The Spartans shot 51.2% from the field in the first half, including 50.0% (eight-for-16) from long range.  The eight three-pointers were the most in a single half by CWRU this year, as were the 58 points.  Zucker led the team with 13 first-half points, while David Black added 12.

CWRU pushed its lead to as many as 31 points in the second half, coming on a layup by Alavrez at the 12:23 mark that gave the Spartans an 87-56 advantage.  Kalamazoo would whittle the lead down to as few as 14 points in the waning minutes of play, but the Case Western Reserve lead would prove to be insurmountable for the Hornets.

Tuesday's contest marked the first time the Spartans have breached the century mark in a game this season, and the first time since a 107-93 win over Penn State – Beaver on November 29, 2014.

Kalamazoo was paced by Chase Baysdell, Adam Dykema and Demarco Dickerson, who each scored 21 points during the game.  Baysdell added 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Case Western Reserve will take on Otterbein for the Bill Sudeck Tournament title at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.