Men’s Basketball Heads to Denison for First Road Game of the Season

Men’s Basketball Heads to Denison for First Road Game of the Season

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season, beginning a four-game stretch away from Horsburgh Gymnasium with a contest at Denison University in Granville, Ohio on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
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CWRU Spartans
The Spartans have opened their 2016-17 season with a 1-2 record, following a second-place showing at the 2016 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Tournament, which included a 72-71 win over Trinity University (Texas) and a 90-78 setback against Brockport State.  Through their first three games of the season, the Spartans are averaging 75.3 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the floor, while holding a +4.3 rebounding margin over their opponents.  The team has allowed 83.7 points per game so far.

Junior forward T.J. Duckett has paced the team in both scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebounding (11.7 per game), while shooting 65.4% from the field.  Other scorers averaging double-figures for the Spartans include senior guard Javier Alvarez (11.0 points per game) and junior forward David Black (10.3 points per game), while junior forward Eric Black has added 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and leads the team with nine blocks.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Todd McGuinness, who is in his first year with the Spartans after going 114-72 during his previous seven seasons as the Head Coach of Hartwick.  McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Liz Hornberger, Kelly Blair and Eric Klinedinst.

Denison Big Red
Denison will enter Tuesday's game with a 2-0 record, following a season-opening 96-84 win at home over Washington and Jefferson last Tuesday, and a 85-73 road victory over Ohio Northern on Saturday.  The Big Red has scored 90.5 points per game on a 47.3% shooting effort from the floor, including a 41.5% mark from three-point range.  Denison has allowed 78.5 points per game so far, while collecting 40.0 rebounds per contest.

The Big Red are led by senior post player Jett Speelman, who has averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season.  Three other Denison players are averaging double-figure point totals this year, including senior guard David Meurer (16.0 points, 5.5 assists per game), senior post Bret Woolard (15.0 points per game) and senior wing Andrew Castagnetti (10.0 points per game).

Denison is under the leadership of Head Coach Bob Ghiloni, who is now in his 15th season with the program, and has an all-time record of 137-230.  He is assisted by Chris Sullivan, Stu Hartenstein, and Kirk Combe.

Series History
In a series that dates back to the 1973-74 campaign, the Spartans hold an all-time edge, 24-21 over the Big Red.  Last year, a free throw by David Meurer with 13 seconds remaining proved to be the difference, as Denison topped CWRU 80-79 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.  Eric Black finished the game with a double-double, scoring 18 points and collecting 12 rebounds, while junior guard Colin Zucker added 12 points and Alvarez chipped in with 11 points of his own.

Spartan Notes
Case Western Reserve has won 16 of its last 18 games when it has held its opponent to 75 points or less, including the team's 72-71 win over Trinity on Friday… The Spartans shot 80.0% (12-of-15) from the free throw line against Trinity, marking the fourth time in the last two years that the team has shot 80.0% or better from the charity stripe during a game... CWRU has won three of the last four games that it has shot at least 80.0% from the line… T.J. Duckett set career-high in scoring and rebounding twice last week, registering 21 points and 13 rebounds on Tuesday against Baldwin Wallace, followed by a 24 point, 16 rebound game against Brockport on Saturday… The double-doubles were the first two of Duckett's career… Duckett is currently ranked eighth in the UAA in points per game and second in rebounds per game… Eric Black has nine blocks this season, and has moved into 10th-place in school history with 51 career blocks… He is currently second among all UAA players with 3.0 blocks per game… David Black ranks 16th in school history with 90 career made three-pointers, and is now just 28 points shy of 500 for his career… Javier Alvarez leads the team with 17 assists and is third in the UAA with 5.7 assist per game this year.