Spartans Head to Cincinnati for Tip-Off Tournament

Spartans Head to Cincinnati for Tip-Off Tournament

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend for the Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Mount Saint Joseph University.  The Spartans will take on the hosts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th, and wrap-up play at the tournament against Ohio Northern University at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26th.

Live Coverage
Saturday, November 25 vs. Mount Saint Joseph
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20171125_rfgd.xml
Video: http://www.msjsports.com/broadcast/w222ps

Sunday, November 26 vs. Ohio Northern
Live Stats: http://msjsports.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20171126_r8z3.xml
Video: http://msjsports.com/broadcast/11b0ih

CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve has opened their season with an 0-3 record, but has led in the second half of all three games, and has been within 10 points of each contest.  All three games were played at home, including a 74-69 setback in their last game against Denison on Tuesday.  The Spartans are averaging 95.7 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the floor, including a 35.4% mark from three point range.  Four CWRU players have averaged double-figure point totals in the first three games, including sophomore forward Connor Nally (21.0 points), freshman guards Ignas Masiulionis (18.7 points) and Antonio Ionadi (16.7 points) and sophomore guard Monty Khela (10.3 points).  Nally leads the team with 9.0 rebounds, followed by senior forward T.J. Duckett with 8.3 and sophomore forward Michael Hollis with 7.5, while Hollis also has a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Todd McGuinness is in his second season at CWRU.  He has a career record of 122-92 (.573 winning percentage), which includes a seven-year stint at Hartwick College, where his teams qualified for the NCAA Championships on four occasions.  McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Kelly Blair, Liz Hornberger, Evan Shang and Aleksandar Zivic.

Mount Saint Joseph
Mount Saint Joseph received votes in the D3hoops.com preseason top-25, but has opened their 2017-18 campaign with a 1-2 overall record.  The team claimed a win in its home opener the last time out, defeating Wilmington (Ohio) 75-72.  The Lions average 71.0 points per game on 46.5% shooting overall, including a 35.1% mark from three point range, while allowing 76.7 points.   The team's leading scorer is senior guard Andrew Finley with 15.0 points, while sophomore guard Adam Goetz has added 12.3 and senior guard Erik Edwards has scored 11.7 per game.  Edwards also has a team-leading 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this year.

The Lions are coached by Toby Carrigan, who is in his sixth season with the team and has a career record of 91-70.  He is assisted by Justin Ray and Richard Morris.        

Ohio Northern Polar Bears
Ohio Northern stands at 1-0 overall with a 106-94 win over Defiance on the road in their opening game of the season, and will face ninth-ranked Washington University on Saturday prior to taking on the Spartans on Sunday.  The Polar Bears shot a blistering 62.1% from the floor in their season-opener, including 36.0% from beyond the three point line.  Junior center Ryan Bruns led the team with 36 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while senior guard Nate Burger scored 30 points and collected six rebounds with 14 assists.

The Polar Bears are coached by Rich Bensman, who is in his second season with the team, and has a career record of 17-10 as a head coach.  He is assisted by Matt Winters, Branden Rushton and Johnny Sharghi.

Spartan Notes
Three different Spartan players have led the team in scoring this season, with Antonio Ionadi registering 20 against Frosburg State, Connor Nally scoring 29 against Greenville, and Ignas Masiulionis tallying 18 against Denison… T.J. Duckett has led the team in rebounding twice, while Nally registered the team-high in boards against Greenville… CWRU has hit at least 11 three point shots in all three games this season… CWRU went eight-for-10 from the free throw line on Tuesday against Denison for a season-high 80.0%... The Spartans have outrebounded their opponent in all three games this season.