CWRU Clinches Bill Sudeck Tournament Championship with 91-83 Win over Otterbein

CWRU Clinches Bill Sudeck Tournament Championship with 91-83 Win over Otterbein

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team claimed the team title at the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament for the second-straight season, defeating Otterbein University 91-83 in the championship game at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Junior guard Javier Alvarez scored 20 points off the bench in the victory, setting a new career-best mark for the second-straight day, and earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player honor after averaging 19.5 points during the two games.  Senior guard Matt Clark, who earned all-tournament team honors, finished Wednesday's game with a team-high 21 points on a six-of-eight shooting performance from the field.

Joining Alvarez and Clark on the all-tournament team were Jake Phillis of Otterbein, Jonathan Berntsen of third-place Wheaton College (Ill.) and Chase Baysdell of fourth-place Kalamazoo College.

The Spartans ended the 2015 portion of their schedule with back-to-back wins, improving to 6-3 overall for the campaign, while Otterbein dropped to 3-9 with the loss.

In addition to the double-digit scoring efforts from Alvarez and Clark, senior guard Jimmy Holman added 17 points during the day, while the three combined for 44 of the team's 54 points in the second half to help secure the victory.  Senior forward Spencer Boyd scored eight and led all players with a career-high nine rebounds.

The Spartans opened the game on a 9-0 run over the first four and a half minutes of play, before Otterbein notched its first basket at the 15:13 mark.  A three-pointer by sophomore Colin Zucker cut the lead to 16-5 with 13:40 to play in the half, but a 12-5 run by the Cardinals cut the Spartans' advantage to just four points, 21-17, at the 9:11 mark.  CWRU regained a seven-point lead, 37-30, with 1:18 to play in the half, but Otterbein ended the frame on a 5-0 run to trim the home team's lead to 37-35 heading into the break.

The Spartans picked up their shooting in the second half, converting 18 of their 32 shots, for a 56.3% mark.  The team once again opened the half on a big run, outscoring the Cardinals 7-0 over the first 90 seconds of the frame on a three-pointer and a layup by Clark, and another layup by sophomore forward Eric Black.  Holman hit back-to-back three pointers, extending the Spartans lead to a game-high 12 points, 59-47, with 13:07 to play.  Otterbein eventually cut the lead down to a point at the 5:40 mark, and were within two as late as the 2:33 mark in the game, but a game-ending 11-3 run by CWRU, which included three Alvarez layups, secured the win.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 47.8% from the field on a 32-for-67 shooting performance.  CWRU held a 35-22 edge in points off the bench during the contest, and during the two games of the tournament, the Spartans bench outscored its opponents by a 95-58 margin.

Phillis paced the Cardinals with 19 points during Wednesday's game, while Grant Fenner added 17 on the day for Otterbein.

CWRU will be back in action on Saturday, January 2nd, when the team travels to Penn State – Behrend for a 2:00 p.m. game.