2017 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, Presented by the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center

2017 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, Presented by the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will play host to the 2017 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, presented by the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, on Friday, December 29th and Saturday, December 30th, welcoming Alfred University, Wells College, and Washington & Jefferson College to Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio for the tournament.

Tournament Schedule & Live Coverage

Friday, December 29th

Game 1

5:00 PM

Wells def. Washington & Jefferson, 94-55

Box Score

Game 2

7:00 PM

CWRU def. Alfred. 91-85

Box Score

 

Saturday, December 30th

Consolation Game

2:00 PM

Alfred def. Washington & Jefferson, 82-78

Box Score

Championship Game

4:00 PM

CWRU def. Wells, 106-56

Box Score

* CWRU will always be the home team

  • Live Stats links for Saturday's games will be posted following the completion of play on Friday
  • An All-Tournament Team (with a representative from each team) and the Tournament MVP (from the winning team) will be announced at the end of the tournament

The Legacy of Bill Sudeck
The annual Bill Sudeck tournament is played in honor of the late, great coach Bill Sudeck, who served Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve for a combined 46 years before his passing in 2000.  Sudeck won 329 games in a combined 37 years as head basketball coach at Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University. He also led the cross country and track & field team for 46 years. In 1993-94, Sudeck was named North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in all three sports – basketball, cross country and track & field.

Sudeck coached his cross country teams to 12 conference titles, including a 10-year period from the late 1960s to the late 70s where the program went undefeated in 66 straight dual meets.  His track & field teams won 14 conference titles, and during his career, he coached four individual NCAA Champions.  During Sudeck's 46 years of coaching, he recruited, coached and mentored more than 30 All-Americans. He was inducted into the Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 1997.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans will enter the weekend with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in home games during the season.  CWRU last played on December 9th, suffering a 66-64 setback at Kalamazoo College that ended a stretch of back-to-back wins for the Spartans.  The team has averaged 76.4 points per game this season on 40.6% shooting and 33.6% on three-point attempts, while allowing 81.8 points per contest.  Senior forward T.J. Duckett is averaging a double-double this season with 12.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while freshman guards Ignas Masiulionis (10.9 points per game) and Antonio Ionadi (10.6 points per game) have also averaged over 10 points per game this season.

Head Coach Todd McGuinness is in his second season at CWRU.  He has a career record of 125-94 (.571 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.

Alfred Saxons
Alfred has won three straight games and stands at 6-1 overall on the season, including a 2-0 record in road games and a 1-0 tally in neutral-site contests.  The Saxons last played on December 9th, picking up an 89-85 victory on the road against SUNY Canton.  The team is averaging 79.9 points per game this season, while allowing 72.0, and has shot 42.2% overall from the floor, including a 42.4% mark from long range.  Alfred junior forward Sage Brown is averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game this season, while sophomore guard Derek Schmidt (13.3 points) junior guard Dom LeMorta (13.0 points) and junior guard Scotty Stopera (11.9 points) are averaging double-figure point totals this year.

Saxons' Head Coach Russell Phillips is in his fourth season with the team, and has a career record of 45-39.  He is assisted by Mike Romano, Mark Corso, Julian Reinhart and Darien Orange.

The Spartans and the Saxons have faced each other three times prior to Friday's matchup, with CWRU winning all three previous meetings.  Alfred attended the 2005 Bill Sudeck Tournament, with CWRU claiming a 91-86 victory in the game.  The other two games between the two squads took place during the 1979-80 and 1999-00 seasons.

Wells Express
Wells will be in action for the first time since a 97-67 setback against Morrisville State on December 9th.  The team has dropped three straight games, and as opened its campaign with an overall record of 1-7, including a 1-3 mark in road contests.  The Express are averaging 66.8 points per game on 36.3% shooting overall, including a 28.2% mark from long range, and have allowed 78.1 points per contests.  Wells' has been paced by junior guard Rich Ross, who leads the squad with 21.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds, while junior guard Macho DeJesus has added 15.0 points per game this year.

Wells is under the leadership of Joe Wojtylko, the only head coach in the program's history.  Now in his 10th season with the team, he has a record of 124-123 with the Express and 134-130 overall during his career, which includes a season at Hobart.  Wojtylko is assisted by Dr. Michael Bowser.

Should the two teams play on Saturday, it would be the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Express.

Washington & Jefferson Presidents
Washington & Jefferson will enter the tournament looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak, and stands at 1-8 overall on the season, including a 1-4 road record and a 0-1 mark in neutral-site games.  The Presidents last played on December 18th, falling on the road to Franciscan 82-80.  Washington and Jefferson is averaging 63.8 points per game on 40.0% shooting from the floor, including a 29.1% mark from three point range, and has allowed 78.3 points per game.  The Presidents' leading scorers this season are sophomore guard Sean Stinelli (12.7 points per game) and senior forward Brian Lindquist (10.0 points per game).

The Presidents are coached by Ethan Stewart-Smith, who is now in his third year with the team, and has notched a record of 6-54 during his time at the squad's helm.  He is assisted by Adam Spinella and Matt Keranko.

The Spartans hold a 17-14 edge against the Presidents all time, although the two teams have not faced each other since the 2010-11 season.  Washington and Jefferson claimed a win in Cleveland in the last meeting, defeating CWRU 57-55 on November 19, 2010.

Spartan Notes
Case Western Reserve is sixth among all NCAA Division III teams and leads the UAA with 46.63 points per game…  The Spartans are also first in the UAA and 13th in Division III in defensive rebounds per game (32.00), second in the conference in blocked shots per game (3.8) and offensive rebounds per game (14.63), and third in three point field goals made per game (9.5)… CWRU has outrebounded its opponents in seven of its eight games this season, including by a margin of 10 rebounds or greater on four occasions… CWRU is 3-1 in games where it has a higher shooting percentage from the floor than its opponents, and 2-1 in games where it holds an advantage in three-point shooting percentage… Three Spartans have recorded at least one double-double this season, including T.J. Duckett (four), Ignas Masiulionis (one) and sophomore Connor Nally (one)… Masiulionis' double-double against Frostburg State on November 17th was the first by a CWRU freshman since Eric Black during the 2014-15 season… Duckett now has 15 career double-doubles, all in the last two seasons… Duckett leads the UAA in defensive rebounds per game (7.13) and is second in the conference in double-doubles (four), rebounds per game (10.5), and total rebounds (84)… Duckett's 10.5 rebounds per game are the 24th-most among DIII players this season… Duckett's 450 career rebounds are the 14th-most by a Spartan player in program history.