The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team dropped an 80-61 decision to the eighth-ranked University of Rochester at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
Junior guard Colin Zucker made six of his 11 shot attempts on the day, including three-of-seven from beyond the arc, to finish with a team-leading 15 points, adding five rebounds in the game. Junior forward Eric Black scored 11 points and collected five rebounds, while senior guard Javier Alvarez and freshman forward Connor Nally, who made his first career start in Sunday's game, added nine points apiece.
The loss was the fifth-straight for the Spartans, who dropped to 0-5 in University Athletic Association play and to 5-11 overall. Rochester raised its record to 15-1, and remained in second-place in the UAA with a 4-1 conference ledger.
Rochester jumped out to an early 13-6 lead with 13:59 remaining, before layups by junior guard Jake Lavis and junior forward T.J. Duckett brought the Spartans back within three with 10:57 to play in the half. However, the Yellowjackets would score the next eight points unanswered, eventually building as much as a 14-point lead, 43-29, with 1:37 remaining in the stanza. Junior forward Eric Black hit a layup and a free throw in the final minute of the period to cut the lead back to 11 by the end of the half, 43-32.
A quick 6-0 run to start the second half pushed Rochester's lead to 17 points by the 18:21 mark. Case Western Reserve trimmed the lead back to single digits when a three by Zucker with 13:52 left capped off a 13-5 run and made it a 54-45 game. Rochester's Ryan Clamage answered with a three of his own to push the lead back to 12 with 13:22 remaining in the game, and the Spartans would be unable to get back within single digits for the remainder of the game.
Clamage led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Yellowjackets, while Jacob Wittig finished with 14 and Zack Ayers scored 13 on Sunday.
The Spartans will be back in action on Friday, January 27th, playing host to the University of Chicago at 8:00 p.m. The game will be played at historic Adelbert Gymnasium as a part of Throwback Weekend, as the Spartans recognize the Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University and Mather College programs that federated to become Case Western Reserve University.