CWRU Men’s Basketball to Host NYU & Brandeis this Weekend

CWRU Men’s Basketball to Host NYU & Brandeis this Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will return to Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend for a pair of University Athletic Association games, playing host to New York University on Friday, February 10th at 8:00 p.m. and Brandeis University on Sunday, February 12th at 12:00 p.m.

 

Live Coverage

 

Friday, February 10th vs. NYU

Video: http://case.edu/livestream/athletics/
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170210_n61v.xml

 

Sunday, February 12th vs. Brandeis

Video: http://case.edu/livestream/athletics/

Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170212_650d.xml

 

UAA Standings & Upcoming Schedule

 

Place

 

UAA Record

Overall Record

1.

#5 Washington (Mo.)

9-0

17-3

2.

#4 Rochester

8-1

19-1

3.

Emory

5-4

14-6

 

Carnegie Mellon

5-4

11-9

5.

Chicago

4-5

12-8

6.

Brandeis

3-6

7-12

7.

New York University

2-7

7-12

8.

Case Western Reserve

0-9

5-15

 

Friday, February 10th
8:00 PM: Brandeis at Carnegie Mellon
8:00 PM: NYU at Case Western Reserve
9:00 PM: Emory at #9 Washington (Mo.)
9:00 PM: Rochester at Chicago

Sunday, February 12th

12:00 PM: NYU at Carnegie Mellon
12:00 PM: Brandeis at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM: Rochester at Washington (Mo.)
1:00 PM: Emory at Chicago 

 

CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve will be aiming for its first conference win of the season, after opening conference play with a 0-9 record to drop to 5-15 overall, with a 1-8 home ledger.  The Spartans will be looking to bounce back from losses to Chicago (99-73) and Washington (102-97) on the road last weekend.  The team has averaged 72.9 points per game this season, while allowing 80.1.

 

The Spartans are led by junior forward T.J. Duckett, who has paced the squad with 14.7 points per game, 9.4 rebounds, and a 57.0% mark from the floor.  Junior guard Colin Zucker has added 11.3 points per game to round out the team's double-figure scorers this year, while senior guard Javier Alvarez leads the team with 4.75 assists and 1.85 steals per game.

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.

 

NYU Violets

The Violets will enter Friday night's contest with a 7-13 overall record, including a 2-7 mark on the road.  After splitting their home UAA weekend last weekend with a 101-58 loss on Friday to Rochester and an 80-79 win over Emory, the Violets dropped a mid-week non-conference game to the Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday, losing 88-79.  The team is averaging 71.3 points per game, while allowing 78.3 per contest this season.

Two NYU players are averaging double-figures this season.  Junior guard Ross Udine has scored a team-high 16.3 per game, and also has paced the team with 4.0 assists per game.  Senior guard Joe Timmes has scored 13.9 points per contest with 6.9 rebounds, and is shooting 41.8% from behind the three point line.  The team's leading rebounder is freshman Jimmy Martinelli with 8.3 per game, while he has also added 8.5 points per contest.

 

NYU is coached by Joe Nesci, who is now in his 28th season with the team and has a career record of 502-252.  He is assisted by Taylor Roth, Michael McSloy, Adam Parmenter and Cal Ramsey.

The Spartans will enter Friday's game looking to put a stop to a four-game losing streak to the Violets.  Earlier this year, CWRU suffered a heartbreaking loss at NYU when Joe Timmes hit a three pointer with five second remaining to lift the Violets to a 73-72 win.  David Black scored a season-high 24 points for the Spartans in the loss.  Last season, CWRU suffered a 100-82 defeat in New York, before falling to the Violets at home by just a point, 80-79.  Jake Lavis scored a career-high 18 points during the Spartans' home loss to the Violets last season.  In a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season, CWRU is 13-36 all-time against NYU.

 

Brandeis Judges

Brandeis stands at 7-12 for the campaign, including a 1-7 road record, and will play at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday night before traveling to Cleveland for Sunday's game.  The Judges split a pair of games last weekend at home, defeating Emory 67-59, before suffering a 78-51 setback to Rochester.  Brandeis has scored 70.1 points per game this season, while allowing 73.6, and has averaged the fewest turnovers in the UAA this season with 12.3 per game.

Junior forward Jordan Cooper is the Judges' leader with 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this year, shooting 45.0% from the floor and 39.6% from long range.  Senior guard Tim Reale has added 11.2 points per game, with senior guard Robinson Vilmont scoring 9.6 per game, while collecting 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 4.2 assists.

Brandeis is led by Head Coach Brian Meehan, who has a 205-154 record during his 14 seasons with the Judges, and has gone 365-193 during his 21-year career, which includes seven season at Salem State.  He is assisted by Harry McShane, Sean Tabb and Pat Luptowski.

The Spartans have won six of their last eight meetings with the Judges, but a four-game winning streak against Brandeis came to an end with an 83-66 loss in Waltham, Massachusetts earlier this year.  Javier Alvarez led the Spartans with 20 points, six assists and five rebounds, connecting on a career-best five three point shots in the game, and T.J. Duckett finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Last year, CWRU defeated Brandeis 84-80 in Waltham, behind 17 points and 10 rebounds from Eric Black, before returning home to top the Judges 74-72, with a team-leading 17 points off the bench from Alvarez.  Case Western Reserve is 22-25 all-time against Brandeis.

 

Mohler's Career Day

Freshman guard Regan Mohler turned in a career day for the Spartans on Sunday against Washington, finishing the game with a career-high 19 points.  Mohler hit four-of-six three point attempts in the game and shot five-of-seven overall for the game.  He did all of his scoring over the final six and a half minutes of the game, helping the Spartans trim a 25-point deficit down to just five points with under a minute remaining.  Mohler has scored just 12 points in the Spartans' 19 previous games, entering Sunday's contest.

 

Strong Weekend for Duckett

Spartans junior forward T.J. Duckett averaged 19.5 points and 9.0 rebounds over CWRU's two road games last weekend.  On Friday against Chicago, he recorded a career-high 25 points and collected 10 rebounds for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season, third most among UAA players this season.  He followed that with a 14-point, seven rebound game against Washington on Sunday.  Duckett has already surpasses his career highs for points and rebounds in a season, and leads all UAA players while ranking 28th in Division III with 3.60 offensive rebounds per game.

 

Zucker Scoring in Bunches

Junior guard Colin Zucker averaged 22.0 points per game over the Spartans' two games last weekend, shooting 17-of-31 from the floor and eight-of-17 from behind the arc, including a career-high 24 points during the team's loss at Chicago.  He is now shooting 43.5% from long range this season, the second-best mark among qualified players in the UAA and the 33rd-best mark among all NCAA Division III players.  His three-point percentage is also the 14th-best in a single season in CWRU men's basketball history, and the third-highest among any player with 50 or more made three pointers in a campaign.  Zucker recently became the 16th player in program history with over 100 made three pointers over a career, and his 106 made threes are the 15th-most ever by a Spartan.

 

Spartan Notes

The Spartans made a season-high 14 three pointers on 35 attempts during the team's game against Washington… It marked the seventh time this season that CWRU has shot 40.0% or better from long range in a game… Freshman for more than half of Case Western Reserve's points in the team's loss at Washington on Sunday… In addition to Regan Mohler's 19 points, freshman guard Nick Aloi scored 17, freshman forward Michael Hollis scored eight, freshman guard Jon Paul Sinacola tallied seven and freshman guard Darius Inzar added five… Mohler, Aloi, Hollis, and Sinacola all notched career-highs for points in the game… Javier Alvarez is seven steals away from becoming just the 14th player in program history with over 100 career thefts… T.J. Duckett's 187 rebounds are tied for the 15th-most in a single season by a CWRU player... Duckett has led the Spartans in scoring in eight games this season, with Zucker leading the squad on five occasions… Duckett has also led the team in rebounding 14 times, and Alvarez has paced the Spartans in assists during 16 games.