The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team dropped its first University Athletic Association game of the season, falling 96-80 to the Washington University (Mo.) Bears at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 1-1 in conference play and to 8-5 overall, while Wash U. improved to 9-4 and to 1-1 in UAA action.
Sophomore forward David Black led CWRU with 19 points, while senior guard Jimmy Holman scored 18 and assisted on five others to pull within 12 assists of the program's career record. Senior guard Matt Clark contributed 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and five steals, while senior forward Spencer Boyd and sophomore forward Eric Black tied for the team lead with seven rebounds apiece.
Despite 12 points apiece from David Black and Holman in the first 20 minutes of action, the Spartans went into the break trailing by eight, 51-43. A three from David Black at the 11:59 mark gave the Spartans a 20-19 lead, but the Bears would score 20 of the next 27 points in the game to gain a 12-point advantage, their largest of the half, 39-27. Sophomore Colin Zucker knocked down a three-pointer with 1:37 to play in the period that cut the Bears' lead to five, 48-43, but a Luke Silverman-Lloyd three-pointer with 37 seconds left gave Wash U. their eight-point lead at the half.
The Spartans pulled within six, 58-52, after a jumper by Clark with 17:59 to play, but an 8-0 run by the Bears boosted their lead to 14 with 15:49 to go in the game. Wash U.'s lead would stay in double-digits the remainder of the game, and get as high as 19 on two occasions – once with 11:44 remaining, and again with 6:14 to play. Clark scored 13 of his 16 points to lead the Spartans offense in the second half, connecting on three of four three point tries during the frame, but it would not be enough for Case Western Reserve.
Andrew Sanders finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears, while Luke Silverman-Lloyd added 24 points and nine assists. Washington shot 52.7% from the field in the game, including 60.0% (12-for-20) from long range.
Case Western Reserve will complete its conference-season opening three game home stand on Sunday, January 17th, when the Spartans play host to the University of Chicago at 12:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.