Case Western Reserve University junior forward T.J. Duckett recorded his second double-double through three games this season, registering career-highs with 24 points and 16 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who fell to the College at Brockport Golden Eagles 90-78 in the Championship Game of the 2016 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Spartans now stand at 1-2 on the year, while Brockport improved to 2-0, and claimed the team championship at the tournament with the victory.
Duckett was named to the All-Tournament Team, averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds over the two games. He now has two double-doubles through three games this season, and is averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the campaign.
The Spartans trailed by as many as eight points in the first quarter, when Brockport jumped out to an early edge, and took a 13-5 advantage on a layup by Clifton Lyerly. However, a 14-5 run, capped off by a three-pointer by freshman Connor Nally, put the Spartans on top 19-18 with 12:02 remaining in the half. The two teams would battle back-and-forth over the remainder of the half, tying the score on five occasions, before the Spartans jutted out to a 35-33 lead with 3:04 left after a pair of free throws by Duckett. However, a 10-1 run to close the half gave the Golden Eagles a 43-36 lead at the break.
Case Western Reserve would be unable to pull back within five for the remainder of the game, and Brockport's lead would swell to as many as 20 points in the second half.
Senior guard Javier Alvarez was the Spartans' only other double-figure scorer on Saturday with 12 points, while added five assists and three steals. Junior forward Eric Black added eight points and a career-high four blocks.
Lyerly finished the game with a team-best 24 points and seven rebounds, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Hamed Shamseldin added 14 points on Saturday, and was selected to the All-Tournament Team for Brockport. Other All-Tournament Team selections included A.J. Pulliam of Trinity University, and Jake Duncan of Hampden-Sydney.
The Spartans will be back in action on Tuesday, November 22nd, when the team hits the road for the first time this season to take on Denison University at 7:00 p.m.