Men’s Basketball Ends Season with Come-From-Behind Win at Carnegie Mellon

Men’s Basketball Ends Season with Come-From-Behind Win at Carnegie Mellon

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team ended its 2015-16 season on a positive note, overcoming a 12-point second half deficit to defeat Carnegie Mellon University 93-87 on Saturday evening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Spartans ended the season with back-to-back wins to finish with a 12-13 overall record, including a 5-9 mark in the conference, good for sixth place.  Case Western Reserve also swept the season series with Carnegie Mellon, which ended its campaign with a 10-15 overall record and a 3-11 UAA mark.

Senior Matt Clark scored 27 points on Saturday (including 23 in the second half alone) to finish the season as the leading scorer in conference play in the University Athletic Association, averaging 19.1 points over the 14 UAA games this season.  He shot eight-of-18 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Sophomore Colin Zucker added 17 points, and sophomore David Black came off the bench to score 14.  Senior Jimmy Holman and sophomore T.J. Duckett each scored 10, with Duckett adding eight rebounds during the game.

The team effort for the Spartans served to thwart a tremendous effort from Carnegie Mellon's Jack Serbin, who finished the game with 36 points and 18 rebounds.

Case Western Reserve led for a good portion of the closely-played first half, but a Serbin layup with 51 seconds remaining in the period gave the Tartans a period-high five point lead.  Holman would knock down a three point shot with 40 seconds left in the first to cut into the lead, and the Spartans would head into the break down two, 42-40.

Carnegie Mellon took control of the game early in the second half, sprinting to a 60-48 lead with 12:46 remaining, the largest advantage for either team in Saturday's game.  However, the Spartans chipped away, eventually tying the game at 77-77 on a three-pointer by Clark with 4:30 remaining.  CMU regained a four-point lead, 81-77, with 3:28 left, but a three-point shot from David Black and a free throw from Clark knotted the score again by the 2:39 mark.  Zucker gave the Spartans their first lead since the 3:51 mark in the first half with a three-pointer with 2:10 remaining, and after an and-one from Serbin tied the score again, David Black gave CWRU the lead for good with another three with 1:41 left.  Free throws from Clark and Zucker and a tip-in off a missed shot by Eric Black helped secure the Spartans' victory late.

Clark's 27-point effort was his third-straight game of at least 27 points, which marked his career high entering the recent stretch.

Senior Spencer Boyd added eight rebounds and a pair of steals to help lead the Spartans to the win during his final collegiate game.