Nally Matches Three-Point Record as CWRU Men’s Basketball Suffers Setback at #20 Emory

Nally Matches Three-Point Record as CWRU Men’s Basketball Suffers Setback at #20 Emory

Case Western Reserve University sophomore Connor Nally matched a program record with seven made three-pointers during Sunday afternoon's game at Emory University, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who suffered a 91-59 loss to the Eagles in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nally connected on seven of his 10 three point shot during the game to match the program record, originally set by former Spartan Dane McLoughlin, also against Emory, on February 15, 2013.  He led all CWRU players with 22 points in the game.

The Spartans fell back to .500 on the year at 7-7 with the loss, including a 1-2 UAA record.  Emory remained perfect in the league, improving to 3-0 in conference games and to 12-2 overall with the victory, their eighth in a row.

CWRU got off to a quick start in the game, led by three three-pointers within a minute's stretch from Nally, giving the team a 13-10 lead with just under three minutes gone by in the first half.  CWRU would cool off, going nearly five scoreless minutes as Emory went on a 7-0 run, but responded with a jumper from sophomore forward Michael Hollis and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Monty Khela that put the Spartans back in front 18-17 with 11:57 to play.  However, the Eagles would go on a 26-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the opening half, surging to an 18-point lead, 43-25, by the end of the period.

The Spartans trailed by 23 points early in the half, but refused to fade away, using an 8-0 run (including a four-point play by Nally and a three by freshman guard William FitzPatrick) to cut the lead to 53-39 with 12:23 remaining in the game.  Two more three pointers by Nally trimmed the Eagles' advantage to just 12 points, 57-45, with 10:43 to go.  However, Emory extended their advantage with a 20-0 run over a four-minute stretch with under 10 minutes remaining.  Nally hit his record-tying three with 4:39 remaining in the game, but it would be too little too late for the Spartans.

Senior T.J. Duckett added a game-high 15 rebounds and 10 points for the Spartans.  Gebereal Baitey led Emory with 22 points in the game.

The Spartans will return home to Horsburgh Gymnasium next weekend to play host to sixth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) on Friday, January 19th at 8:00 p.m. and the University of Chicago at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21st.