Holman Sets CWRU Career Assist Record in Loss at Rochester

Holman Sets CWRU Career Assist Record in Loss at Rochester

Case Western Reserve University senior Jimmy Holman collected five assists to set a new program record for assists over a career, but the Spartans ultimately fell short on Friday night, dropping a 108-79 contest at the University of Rochester.

Holman broke former Spartan Jim Fox's (1993-97) record of 403 career assists, tying the mark on a three-pointer by David Black with 5:20 to play in the first half, and then breaking it with his third helper of the game, coming on a three-pointer by sophomore Javier Alvarez with 3:28 to play in the first.  Holman finished the game with five assists, giving him 406 for his career as a Spartan.

Holman finished the game with 13 points, while sophomore guard Colin Zucker led all Spartan players with 18 points on a five-of-seven shooting performance, including a perfect four-for-four from beyond the arc.  David Black added 17 points, connecting on five three-point shots, and Alavrez scored 14 on Friday night.

The Spartans fell behind early in the game, as Rochester scored 11 of the first 13 points on Friday night, going on to take a 14-point lead, 23-9, with 12:36 to play in the half.  CWRU cut the lead back to ten twice, once after a three from Holman at the 11:58 mark made it a 25-15 game, and again after a three by sophomore Jake Lavis cut it to a 30-20 contest, but a 7-0 run by the Yellowjackets gave them their largest lead of the half, 37-20 with 8:11 to go.

CWRU climbed back into the game after a 20-9 run, keyed by a pair of threes each by Zucker and David Black, trimming the Rochester lead to 46-40 with 2:44 remaining in the half.  However, the Yellowjackets closed the period on an 8-2 run of their own to carry a 54-42 advantage into halftime.

Nine of the Spartans' 12 baskets made in the first half were from long range, including four from David Black, who led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with 14 points. 

The Yellowjackets opened the second half on a 12-3 run to extend their lead to 66-45 at the 17-minute mark.  The Spartans would not get within 18 points the rest of the game, and Rochester would expand its advantage to as many as 31 points during the second half, en route to the win.

Rochester connected on 18 three pointers on its way to the win.  Jared Seltzer led all scorers with 26 points in the game, while Sam Borst-Smith scored 20, and Dylan Peretz added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spartans fell to 8-7 overall, including a 1-3 UAA mark, while Rochester raised its ledger to 9-6 with a 2-2 UAA record.

Next up for the Spartans will be a noon meeting with the Emory University Eagles on Sunday, January 24th in Atlanta, Georgia.