Men’s Basketball Returns Home to Face Emory & #8 Rochester

Men’s Basketball Returns Home to Face Emory & #8 Rochester

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will return home looking for its first University Athletic Association win of the season, when the Spartans play host to Emory University at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th and the eighth-ranked University of Rochester on Sunday, January 22nd at noon.


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Friday, January 20th vs. Emory
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Sunday, January 22nd vs Rochester
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Overall Record


#11 Washington (Mo.)




Carnegie Mellon




#8 Rochester












New York University








Case Western Reserve



Friday, January 20th
8:00 PM: #8 Rochester at Carnegie Mellon
9:00 PM: NYU at #11 Washington (Mo.)
9:00 PM: Brandeis at Chicago

Sunday, January 22nd

12:00 PM: Emory at Carnegie Mellon
12:00 PM: Brandeis at #11 Washington (Mo.)
1:00 PM: NYU at Chicago


CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve will be aiming to turn around a three-game losing streak that has dropped the team to 5-9 overall and to 0-3 in conference play. The Spartans, who are 1-5 at home this season, have scored 71.2 points per game this year on 42.2% shooting from the field and 35.1% from beyond the three-point line, while allowing 76.3 points per contest.  The team has out-rebounded their opponents by 3.9 per game, averaging 39.3 total rebounds per contest, and has a -4.5 turnover margin.

Junior forward T.J. Duckett leads the Spartans this season with 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting a team-best 57.0% from the field.  Three others Spartan starters are averaging double-figures this season, with senior guard Javier Alvarez scoring 10.6 and adding a team-best 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals, while junior forward David Black has scored 10.3 per game, and junior guard Colin Zucker has contributed with 10.0 points per contest.  Zucker also leads the Spartans with a 44.6% mark from three-point range.  Freshman forward Sam Hansen has rounded out the regular starters with 5.6 points per game, while junior forward Eric Black (7.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks) and freshman forward Connor Nally (3.7 points, 43.3 3PT%) are the leading scorers off the bench for CWRU.

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.


Emory Eagles

The Eagles stand at 10-4 overall this season, including a 3-2 road mark, following their 80-72 win over Chicago on Sunday, the team's first conference victory of the season.  Emory has scored 78.2 points per game this season, shooting 43.1% overall and 33.5% from long range, while allowing 72.6 points per contest.  The team has averaged 40.5 rebounds per game, outrebounding their opponents by 2.7 per contest, and has a +0.9 turnover margin.

Emory has three players averaging double-figures this season, including the UAA's leading scorer in junior forward Adam Gigax (18.9 ppg), senior forward Jim Gordon (13.9 ppg) and junior forward Christopher Avant (12.8 points).  Avant also leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game this year.  Junior guard Whit Rapp has 5.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and a conference-best 8.1 assists per game (third in Division III), and senior guard Jonathan Terry round out the likely starters with 5.5 points per game.  Other contributors for the Eagles include junior forward Donald Avant (6.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg), senior center Austin DaGue (4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg), sophomore guard Gebereal Baitey (4.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Beau Bommarito (2.1 ppg).

The Eagles are led by 10th-year Head Coach Jason Zimmerman, who has a record of 162-88 since joining the program.  He is assisted by Chris McHugh, Pete Zaharis, and Charlie Copp.

Case Western Reserve went 1-1 against Emory last season, winning the second matchup of the season 88-78 in Cleveland, following an 86-82 loss in Atlanta.  Former Spartan Matt Clark scored 33 points in the win, with Colin Zucker adding 14 points on a four-of-six performance from three-point range.  In the loss earlier in the year, David Black and Javier Alvarez each scored 15 points, while Eric Black tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  The Spartans are 20-28 all-time against the Eagles.


Rochester Yellowjackets

The Yellowjackets are ranked eighth in this week's Poll, and were ranked as high as third in the country, prior to their loss last Sunday to Washington University, 81-76.  The loss was the first of the year for Rochester, which now stands at 13-1 overall and 3-0 in road games, and will play at Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans on Sunday.  Rochester has averaged 79.8 points per game this season, shooting 47.3% from the field and 37.0% from three-point range, and has allowed 66.0 points per contest.  The Yellowjackets average 36.8 rebounds per game, 0.4 less per contest than their opponents, but have a +4.2 turnover margin.

Rochester has used the same starting lineup in all 14 of its games this season – senior guard Sam Borst-Smith, senior guard Mack Montague, senior forward Zach Ayers, junior forward Tucker Knox, and sophomore guard Jacob Wittig.  Borst-Smith is the second-leading scorer in the UAA this season with 18.1 points per contest, and leads the conference with 2.9 steals per game.  Montague has added 17.7 points per game, and Ayers has scored 10.4 with a team-best 6.1 rebounds.  Key contributors off the bench include sophomore guatd Ryan Clamage (6.1 ppg), sophomore forward Andrew Lundstrom (6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), sophomore guard Michael Mangan (4.1 ppg) and freshman forward Patrick Benka (1.8 ppg).

Rochester is coached by Luke Flockerzi, who has gone 111-58 during his seven seasons with the team, and has a career record of 141-104, which includes three years at the helm of the Skidmore College program.  Flockerzi is assisted by Griffin LaDew and Ryan Shay.

The Spartans will be looking for their first win in the last three tries against the Yellowjackets, with the last victory coming in a 65-37 triumph at Rochester during the 2014-15 campaign.  Last season, CWRU dropped both meetings against Rochester, falling 108-79 on the road and 99-92 at home.  David Black averaged 16.0 points over the two games, connecting on 10-of-16 three-point tries, and Colin Zucker averaged 15.5 points, making seven-of-10 three-point attempts over the two games.  T.J. Duckett scored eight points and recorded a then-career high 11 rebounds in the second matchup last season.  In a series that dates back to the 1979-80 season, Case Western Reserve is 10-40 all-time against Rochester.


Three-Point Prowess

Colin Zucker is shooting 44.6% from three-point range this season to lead all UAA players in the category.  He has converted 33 of his 74 tries from behind the arc this season, good for the 11th-best percentage in a single season in program history.  Zucker is currently tied for 17th in program history with 89 career made three-pointers, and ranks third among Spartans all-time with a 40.8% shooting mark from long range.


Pick Pocket

Javier Alvarez leads all Spartan players and is third in the UAA with 1.8 steals per game this season.  Alvarez recently cracked the top-20 in program history for career steals, and is currently tied for 19th in program history with 81 swipes during his time as a Spartan.


Black Blocks

Twin brothers Eric Black and David Black are each in the top-20 all-time in career blocks in the history of the Case Western Reserve men's basketball program.  Eric Black has 60 blocks during his career, the ninth-most ever by a Spartan, and is sixth in the conference this season with 1.3 blocks per game.  David Black has blocked 43 shots over his career, and his 0.6 blocks per game this year rank 10th in the UAA.


Spartan Notes

Case Western Reserve will be playing its first home game since December 29th, ending a five-game road trip, during which the team went 2-3… The Spartans will be at home for six of their next eight games, including four-straight starting with Friday night… As of Monday afternoon, the Spartans 2016-17 schedule ranks as thr 11th-toughest in Division III and hardest in the UAA, with opponents combining for a .629 winning percentage… CWRU has averaged 77.4 points per game in its five home contests this season, compared to just 67.8 points per game on the road… The team has scored 3.8 less points per game in its wins than its losses, but has allowed 17.6 more points to its opponents in its nine losses than its five wins… The Spartans have won their conference home opener in each of the last three seasons entering Friday night's game, including a 94-81 win over Carnegie Mellon University last season… T.J. Duckett finished Sunday's game against Brandeis with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season… He currently is second in the conference in double-doubles, behind Carnegie Mellon's Jack Serbin (8)… Duckett is also third in the conference in rebounds per game (9.7), and leads the UAA and is 13th among all NCAA Division III players with 4.07 offensive rebounds per contest this season… Following this weekend's games, the Spartans will play their next two against Chicago (Jan. 27) and Washington (Jan. 29) at Adelbert Gymnasium as a part of the program's annual Throwback Weekend.