Case Western Reserve University senior Matt Clark scored a career-high 28 points to pace a Spartans' long-range attack that connected on 17 three-point attempts, but it wasn't enough for CWRU, which fell to the University of Rochester 99-92 at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Friday night.
Clark shot nine-for-19 from the field and connected on five-of-13 three point attempts, adding five rebounds and a pair of assists. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, sophomore David Black finished the game with 15 points on five-of-six shooting from beyond the arc, and sophomore Colin Zucker added 13 points. Sophomore T.J. Duckett registered his career high with 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, and added eight points, while senior Jimmy Holman tallied a game-high eight assists.
The loss was the fourth-straight for the Spartans, who fell to 10-13 overall with a 3-9 University Athletic Association record. Rochester remained in a tie for first in the UAA with a 10-2 conference ledger, to go along with a 17-6 overall record this season.
The Spartans connected on nine first-half three pointers, including one by sophomore Jake Lavis with 6:46 remaining in the half that put the team up nine, 32-23, their largest lead of the game. Rochester responded with a 10-0 run over the next two minutes that saw the Yellowjackets take the lead, 33-32, with 4:54 to play. Case Western Reserve regained the lead, and with the help of a David Black three with 1:03 left, carried a one-point advantage, 40-39 into the break.
In the second half, Rochester quickly took control of the game, building a 12-point lead with 10:24 to play, 67-55. Case Western Reserve would whittle the advantage back down five on numerous occasions, and as late as the 2:30 mark, following another David Black three, and the two second-mark, after a three by Holman. However, Rochester would respond each time, eventually securing its ninth-consecutive win.
Sam Borst-Smith led the Yellowjackets with 25 points, and seven different Rochester players registered a double-digit point total.
Friday also marked 'Senior Day' for the Spartans, as Case Western Reserve recognized its three graduating players – Spencer Boyd, Clark and Holman – with a special ceremony prior to the start of the game.
The Spartans will wrap-up their home schedule on Sunday, February 21st when Case Western Reserve plays host to Emory University. Sunday's tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.