Spartans Head to Juniata for Doc Greene Tournament; Will Open Play against Lynchburg

Spartans Head to Juniata for Doc Greene Tournament; Will Open Play against Lynchburg

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will look to get back in the win column this weekend, when the Spartans travel to Huntingdon, Pennsylvania for the Doc Greene Tournament, hosted by Juniata College.  The Spartans will open tournament play on Friday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. against Lynchburg College.

Tournament Schedule
In addition to the Case Western Reserve-Lynchburg game on Friday night, host Juniata will face the College of Saint Joseph (Vt.) at 7:00 p.m.  The consolation game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th, to be followed by the championship game at 4:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow Friday's game against Lynchburg with live video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/juniata/portal.htm?eventId=333395&streamType=video and live stats at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20161209_u138.xml.  Links for Saturday's game will be posted to the men's basketball schedule page following the completion of the games on Friday.

CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve has opened the season with a 1-4 record, including a 72-64 loss at Adrian College on Saturday that dropped the squad to 0-2 in road games this year.  The Spartans have scored 73.0 points per game this season on 42.9% shooting from the field and a 30.6% mark from beyond the three-point arc, while allowing 81.6 points per game.  The team has averaged 40.0 rebounds and a +6.6 rebounding margin, with a turnover margin of -5.8.

The Spartans have been led this season by junior forward T.J. Duckett, who has averaged 14.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this season, while shooting a team-high 58.5% from the field.  Three other Case Western Reserve players are averaging double-figure points per game, including freshman forward Daniel Chambers (11.3), senior guard Javier Alvarez (11.2) and junior forward David Black (10.0).  Alvarez also leads the team with 23 assists and 12 steals, while junior forward Eric Black has added 9.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 58.1% from the field and collecting a team-leading 12 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.

Lynchburg College Hornets
The Hornets stand at 4-2 on the season, including a 0-1 neutral-site record.  The team is coming off a 74-71 overtime loss at home against Shenandoah on Wednesday, November 30th.  Lynchburg has outscored its opponents 78.2-72.3 this season, shooting 44.9% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the three point arc, while collecting 42.2 rebounds per game, with a +4.0 rebounding margin and a -0.7 turnover margin.

Sophomore forward Connor Schroeder has led the team this season with 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.0% from the field and 38.0% from long range.  Senior guard Zack Burnett has scored 14.7 points per game, while senior guard Jay Allen is also in double figures with 12.5 points per game, while adding 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.

Lynchburg is led by Head Coach Hilliary Scott, who is now in his ninth season with the team and has a career record of 122-99.  He is assisted by Quintin Aldridge, Chris Cecil and Nick Doyle.

Friday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Hornets.

Juniata College Eagles
Juniata is 4-2 overall this season, including a perfect 3-0 mark at home, and is coming off a 62-58 win against Carnegie Mellon on Monday.  The Eagles have outscored opposing teams 72.5-62.7 this season, shooting 50.1% from the field and 40.9% from long range.  The team has 34.2 rebounds per game and has a +4.0 rebounding margin this season, while notching a +0.5 turnover margin.

Junior center Marcus Lee has a team-leading 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this year for Juniata, with junior guard Damon Rickens adding 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 44.2% from beyond the arc.  Sophomore guard Brandon Martinazzi has averaged double-figures with 12.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds, shooting 54.2% from the field, and junior guard Seth Brewer has scored 9.2 points per game and leads the team with 4.2 assists per contest.

Juniata is coached by Greg Curley, who is now in his 16th season with the team and has a record of 207-194.  He is assisted by Brian Scholly and Keith Black.

Case Western Reserve has faced Juniata three times previously, with the Eagles holding a 2-1 edge in the all-time series.  The Spartans last played the Eagles during the 2013-14 season in Huntingdon, with Juniata coming away with a 74-64 victory.  Javier Alvarez is the only current Spartan player to have appeared in that game.

The College of St. Joseph (Vt.) Fighting Saints
The Fighting Saints, members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, are 5-5 on the year, including a 1-0 neutral site record.  St. Joseph will take on NHTI on Wednesday, prior to heading to Juniata for the Doc Greene Tournament, and is coming off an 8-374 win over the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on Sunday.  The team is averaging 81.2 points per game this season on 40.7% shooting from the field and 27.2% from three-point range, while allowing 80.4 points per contest.  The Fighting Saints average 42.4 rebounds per game and have a -1.5 rebounding margin, with a +2.9 turnover margin.

Jonathan Brioso leads the team with 15.9 points and 10.6 rebounds, while three other players – Messiah Murphy (15.4 ppg), Antonio Gordon (15.1 ppg) and Chris Conway (13.5 ppg) – are also averaging double-figure point totals this year.

St. Joseph is led by Alphonso Howlett, who is in his first year at the program's helm.  He is assisted  by Eric Swain.  

Should they play on Saturday, the game would mark the first meeting between the Spartans and the Fighting Saints.

Spartan Notes
The Spartans also played at Juniata's tournament during the 2013-14 season, finishing as the runners-up to the host team… Case Western Reserve has the toughest schedule is Division III based on cumulative record of scheduled opponents, with teams that the Spartans are currently scheduled to face going a combined 64-23 (.736 winning percentage) so far in 2016-17…  The Spartans schedule to date ranks as the 11th-most difficult in Division III, with opponents that CWRU has faced combining for a .739 winning percentage (17-6)…  Case Western Reserve is 50th among DIII teams with a +6.6 rebounding margin… David Black is currently 198th among all active Division III players with 93 career three-pointers… Eric Black is 254th among active Division III players with 306 career rebounds… T.J. Duckett is one of just two players in the UAA that is averaging a double-double this season, along with Carnegie Mellon's Jack Serbin… He has registered a double-double in three of the team's five games this year, and is 39th among all DIII players in double-doubles this season… Duckett is fourth in Division III and leads all UAA players with 5.2 offensive rebounds per game, and is 25th in DIII and second in the conference with 11.2 total rebounds per game… Eric Black leads the UAA and is 28th in Division III with 2.4 blocks per game… He is currently ninth in school history with 54 career blocks and fifth with a .549 career field goal percentage.