The Case Western Reserve men's basketball team suffered a 101-60 loss to the second-ranked Washington University (Mo.) Bears on Friday evening in St. Louis Missouri.
Washington raised its record to 21-2 overall and 12-0 in the conference. The Spartans dropped to 12-11 overall with a 6-6 University Athletic Association record.
Despite the loss, freshman guard William FitzPatrick notched a career-high 18 points on seven-of-12 shooting, including a four-for-six mark from behind the arc. Freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis led the Spartans with 20 points by shooting an efficient eight-for-11 (72.7%) from the field, including a four-for-seven mark from behind the three-point line.
Jack Nolan led the Bears with 19 points and four rebounds, while DeVaughn Rucker tallied 14 points and two steals in the game.
Masiulionis got the Spartans off to a strong start on Friday, scoring the team's first 10 points within the first minutes of the game, including a jumper at 12:43 that tied the game at 10-10. CWRU would eventually take the lead, 13-12, after a three-pointer from freshman guard Michael Volkening with 11:57 remaining in the half. The Bears would eventually take a nine-point advantage with 6:12 remaining in the half, 30-21, but Masiulionis scored the next five points in the game, including another three, to cut the deficit to 30-26 with 5:05 left. However, Case Western Reserve's shooting went cold, which allowed Washington to burst out to a 51-29 lead going into halftime.
Masiulionis finished the first half with 18 points, as he shot seven-for-10 from the field and four-for-seven from the behind the arc.
Washington continued to expand its lead in the second half, as they led by a game-high 46 with 6:19 remaining in the half, en route to the win.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, February 18th, when the team travels to the University of Chicago for a 12:00 p.m. ET meeting with the Maroons.