The Case Western Reserve University saw its season-long five-game winning streak come to a close on Friday night, as the team suffered a 71-58 setback to the University of Rochester at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The loss also ended a program-record five-game University Athletic Association winning streak for the Spartans, and dropped the team to 12-9 overall and to 6-4 in the league. Rochester ended a four-game losing streak with the victory, improving to 14-7 overall with a 5-5 UAA record.
Senior forward T.J. Duckett led the Spartans with 14 points on a seven-of-12 shooting effort, while freshman guards Michael Volkening and Ignas Masiulionis added nine apiece. Sophomore forward Michael Hollis added eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Despite a five-of-seven shooting performance and 10 points in the first half from Duckett, the Spartans would trail by as many as 14 in the period and would end the opening half with an 11-point deficit, 38-27. With the game tied at 15-15 with 11:37 to play in the first half, the Yellowjackets launched on a 23-9 run over the next nine minutes to go ahead 38-24. A pair of free throws by Volkening and one more from freshman forward Brian Dompke helped the Spartans trim the gap heading into the break.
However, the Spartans would not get any closer in the second half, as Rochester pulled away to lead by as many as 26 points with 10:35 to play, 65-39. CWRU scored 19 of the game's final 25 points from that point on, including a 9-0 run over the final four minutes of the game, but Rochester's lead would be enough to overcome the late spur by the Spartans.
Jacob Wittig led all players in the game with 18 points, and Ryan Clamage added 10 for the Yellowjackets.
The Spartans will look to bounce back on Sunday, when they wrap-up their 2017-18 home schedule against 13th-ranked Emory University at 11:00 a.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium. Sunday will also mark 'Senior Day' for the Spartans, as the team will honor T.J. Duckett, its lone graduating player, with a special ceremony prior to the start of the game.