CWRU Drops 91-81 Decision to Emory in Conference Home Opener

CWRU Drops 91-81 Decision to Emory in Conference Home Opener

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team suffered a 91-81 setback to Emory University at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Friday night in the Spartans' first home University Athletic Association game of the season.

Junior forward David Black led five Spartan players in double-figures with 19 points in the game, shooting six-of-10 from the field and four-of-seven from three-point range.  Junior forward Eric Black hit four-of-five shots off the bench for 13 points, with freshman forward Sam Hansen and senior guard Javier Alvarez scoring 11 apiece.  Junior forward T.J. Duckett rounded out the Spartans' double-digit scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds.  Alvarez also totaled five assists and a career-high five steals in Friday's game.

The Spartans started the game strong, quickly building a double-digit lead over the Eagles on a three-pointer by Hansen that extended CWRU's advantage to 22-12 with 9:56 to play in the first half.  The Spartans grabbed their largest lead of the game with 5:29 to play in the period, when an Eric Black layup extended the advantage to 33-19.  However, Emory would launch on a 20-6 run to tie the game with 44 second left in the first half, before a three-point shot by junior guard Jake Lavis with eight seconds on the clock gave CWRU a 42-39 lead heading into halftime.

Case Western Reserve maintained control early in the second stanza, regaining an eight point lead, 55-47, with 15:28 remaining, following a three by David Black.  Emory again chipped away at the Spartans' lead, and the Eagles would go ahead for good after a jumper by Austin DaGue with 10:27 left put Emory on top 60-58.  Emory would build a 12 point lead with 3:54 to go, before the Spartans trimmed it back to five, 78-73 with 2:01 to play.  However, the Eagles connected on all eight of their free throw attempts down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 43.3% from the field, including a  40.7% mark from beyond the arc, hitting 11 of their 27 attempts from long range.

Emory was led by junior forward Adam Gigax, who scored 31 points and collected eight rebounds in the game.  Junior guard Whit Rapp finished with 16 points and seven assists, and senior forward Jim Gordon scored 15 points in the victory.

With the loss, the Spartans fell to 0-4 in the conference and to 5-10 overall.  Emory improved to 11-4 overall with a 2-2 UAA record.

The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, January 22nd, playing host to the eighth-ranked University of Rochester at 12:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.