Case Western Reserve University senior guard and team co-captain Javier Alvarez rang in his 'Senior Day' with a career-high 25 points, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who suffered a 79-69 defeat to Carnegie Mellon University at Horsburgh Gymnasium in the team's final game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday.
Alvarez's 25 points in the final game of his career surpassed his previous career-high of 24, also registered against Carnegie Mellon last season. He made eight-of-21 shots from the floor, including four-of-eight from behind the three point line, and added three steals, four rebounds and two assists.
Junior forward T.J. Duckett came off the bench to record his 11th double-double of the season, finishing the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds on a five-for-eight shooting performance.
Jack Serbin led all players in the game with a 28-point, 19-rebound effort on Saturday.
Case Western Reserve led by as many as eight in the first half, taking a 28-20 lead on a layup by Alvarez with 7:56 to play. The Tartans followed with a 10-0 run to regain the lead with 4:28 remaining in the period, but a three pointer at the buzzer by Alvarez turned a one-point Spartan deficit into a two point lead at the half, 36-34.
The game remained close early in the second half, with eight ties and nine lead changes in the period. However, tied at 59-59 with 8:43 to play, Carnegie Mellon went on a 16-4 run, taking a 75-63 lead with 2:36 to play, and the Spartans would not lead again in the game.
Prior to the game, the Spartans honored Alvarez, the team's lone senior, with a special 'Senior Day' ceremony. The Coral Gables, Florida product averaged over 10 points per game over the last two seasons, and finished the 2016-17 year with 10.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
The Spartans ended Head Coach Todd McGuinness' first season with the program with a record of 8-7, including a 3-11 mark in the UAA. The Tartans completed their regular season with an overall record of 14-11, including an 8-6 conference mark.