CWRU Men’s Basketball Looks to Build on Winning Weekend at Emory & #6 Rochester

CWRU Men’s Basketball Looks to Build on Winning Weekend at Emory & #6 Rochester

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will look to maintain momentum after a pair of conference wins last weekend, when the Spartans travel to Atlanta, Georgia and Rochester, New York for games against the Emory University Eagles on Friday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m. and the sixth-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets on Sunday, February 19th at noon.

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Friday, February 17th at Emory

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Sunday, February 19th at Rochester

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UAA Standings & Upcoming Schedule

Place

 

UAA Record

Overall Record

1.

#7 Washington (Mo.)

10-1

18-4

2.

#6 Rochester

9-2

20-2

3.

Carnegie Mellon

7-4

13-9

4.

Emory

6-5

15-7

5.

Chicago

5-6

13-9

6.

Brandeis

3-8

7-14

7.

Case Western Reserve

2-9

7-15

 

New York University

2-9

7-15

 

Friday, February 17th
8:00 PM: CWRU at Emory
8:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at #6 Rochester
8:00 PM: Chicago at Brandeis
9:00 PM: #7 Washington (Mo.) at NYU

Sunday, February 19th

12:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Emory
12:00 PM: #7 Washington (Mo.) at Brandeis
12:00 PM: CWRU at #6 Rochester
12:00 PM: Chicago at NYU

CWRU Spartans

The Spartans are coming off back-to-back wins after topping New York University 84-81 and Brandeis University 88-66 at home last weekend for their first UAA victories of the season.  The two wins raised the team's record to 7-15 overall, while Case Western Reserve stands at 2-7 in road games this year.  The Spartans have scored 74.1 points per game and have allowed 79.5 this season.

Case Western Reserve junior forward T.J. Duckett leads the team with 14.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-best 57.8% from the floor this season.  Junior guard Colin Zucker has added 11.3 points per game, and senior guard Javier Alvarez has scored 9.7 points per contest, while leading the team with 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Todd McGuinness, who is in his first year at the program's helm after going 114-72 during his previous seven seasons as the Head Coach of Hartwick College.  McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Liz Hornberger, Kelly Blair and Eric Klinedinst.

Emory Eagles

Emory, ranked sixth in last week's NCAA South Region rankings, stands at 15-7 on the season, including a 7-1 record at home, and is coming off a split UAA road weekend with a 94-65 loss at seventh-ranked Washington and a 99-88 win at Chicago.  The Eagles have averaged 80.0 points per game and have allowed 75.6 points per contest, while leading the UAA in three point attempts and ranking second in steals per game.

Emory's lineup features the top scorer in the conference in junior forward Adam Gigax, who has scored 19.6 points per game this year.  Other players averaging double-figure scorers include senior forward Jim Gordon (14.6 points per game) and junior forward/center Christopher Avant (12.1 points per game).  Avant also leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game, and junior guard Whit Rapp has added 7.0 points per game, while leading the UAA and ranking third in Division III with 9.1 assists per contest.

The Eagles are led by 10th-year Head Coach Jason Zimmerman, who has a record of 167-91 since joining the program.  He is assisted by Chris McHugh, Pete Zaharis, and Charlie Copp.

The Spartans suffered a 91-81 loss to Emory in Cleveland earlier this year, despite 19 points from junior David Black, who led a group of five CWRU players in double figures in the game 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 2015-16 season, 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 20-29 all-time against the Eagles.

#6 Rochester Yellowjackets

The Yellowjackets, ranked sixth in this week's D3hoops.com poll and first in the NCAA East Region rankings, are 20-2 overall this season, including an 11-1 record at home.  Rochester is coming off a split on the road last weekend, falling to Chicago 90-87 and picking up a key win over #7 Washington 74-61, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before welcoming in the Spartans on Sunday.  The Yellowjackets are second in the conference with 81.2 points scored per game and lead the UAA with just 64.8 points allowed per game (18th in DIII), while also pacing the UAA in field-goal percentage defense (38.0%), steals per game (8.1) and three-point field goals per game (9.9).

Three Rochester players are averaging double-figures this season – senior guard Mack Montague (16.5 points), senior guard Sam Borst-Smith (16.2 points) and senior forward Zack Ayers (11.7 points).  Borst-Smith and Ayers are each tied for the team lead with 5.5 rebounds per game, while Borst-Smith leads the conference and is eighth in Division III with 2.86 steals per game.

Rochester is coached by Luke Flockerzi, who has gone 118-59 during his seven seasons with the team, and has a career record of 148-105, 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 four tries against the Yellowjackets, with the last victory coming in a 65-37 triumph at Rochester during the 2014-15 campaign.  Earlier this year, the Spartans suffered an 80-61 setback to the Yellowjackets, despite 15 points from Colin Zucker and 11 points from Eric Black.  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 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 10-41 all-time against Rochester.

Hot Shooting

The Spartans are coming off their best shooting performance of the season, during the team's 88-66 win over Brandeis on Sunday.  Case Western Reserve recorded season highs by shooting 54.8% from the floor and 53.1% from behind the three-point line, while connecting on a season-best 17 three-pointers, the most in a game by the team since making 17 long-range shots during a 99-92 loss to Rochester last season.  Freshman forward Sam Hansen led the way, going six-of-six from three-point range in the game, falling just one three-pointer shy of the school record, set by former Spartan Dane McLoughlin against Emory in 2013.  With three games remaining on the schedule, the Spartans 200 made three-pointers are the third-most ever by a CWRU team, while their 569 three-pointers attempts are second only to the 727 tried by last year's team.  In addition, the team's 35.1% from long range is the 16th-best mark in program history.

Freshmen Stepping Up

Case Western Reserve's success last weekend was due in large part to the success of its freshman class.  On Friday, freshman guard Regan Mohler led the team with 24 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and has averaged 17.7 points per game over the team's last three contests, after scoring just 12 points in the team's first 19 games.  On Sunday against Brandeis, CWRU started five freshmen – Mohler, guard Darius Inzar, guard Kyle McIntosh, forward Connor Nally and forward Michael Hollis – while a sixth freshman, Sam Hansen, led the team in scoring with 18 points.  Nine different freshman have accounted for 489 points this season (22.2 per game), 30.0% of the team's total this year.

Bench Success

The Spartans bench also played a large role in the team's victories last weekend.  In the two games combined, CWRU's bench outscored its opponents by a combined score of 101-24, including a 63-6 edge in Sunday's win over Brandeis.  After averaging just 19.9 points per game through the team's first 19 games, the bench has accounted for 47.3 points per game over its last three contests.

Spartan Notes

The Spartans have scored at least 80 points in three-straight games, and have broken the 80-point mark five times overall this season, going 2-3 in such games… Case Western Reserve's T.J. Duckett recorded his ninth double-double of the season and his fifth in UAA play with a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against Brandeis on Sunday… It was the second time this season he has recorded a double-double off the bench, the other time taking place during the Spartans' season-opening game against Baldwin Wallace, when he scored 21 points and collect 13 rebounds in a reserve role… His nine double-doubles this year rank third in the UAA and are 68th among Division III players… Duckett also leads the UAA and is 38th among DIII players with 3.50 offensive rebounds per game, and is third in the conference in rebounds per game… He has also cracked the top-10 on the program's single-season rebound record ladder, and is just nine rebounds shy of recording a top-five rebounding season in program history… Javier Alvarez ranks second in the UAA and is 107th in Division III with 1.91 steals per game, while also ranking fourth in the UAA and 64th in Division III with 4.7 assists per game… Colin Zucker's 41.7% mark from three-point range is the 19th-best single-season mark in school history and fifth in the UAA this season, while his 40.6% career mark is the third-best ever by a Spartan player... Duckett has led the Spartans in rebounding 16 times this season, while leading the team in scoring on eight occasions… Alvarez has led or tied for the team lead in assists in 17 games this year, while Zucker has paced the team in assists seven times, and led the team in scoring on five occasions.