Hollis’ Career Day Not Enough in CWRU Loss to Chicago

Hollis’ Career Day Not Enough in CWRU Loss to Chicago

Case Western Reserve University sophomore forward Michael Hollis recorded his first collegiate double-double with a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, but it would not be enough for the Spartans, who suffered a 98-78 loss to the University of Chicago Maroons in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

The Spartans dropped back to .500 with the loss, falling to 12-12 on the year and 6-7 in the University Athletic Association, while Chicago improved to 12-12 overall and to 8-5 in the conference.

Hollis shot six-of-nine from the floor overall, while connecting on one-of-two shots from behind the three-point line and five-of-seven free throws, while also collecting three assists and a block.  Freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis followed his 20-point outburst on Friday night against second-ranked Washington University (Mo.) with a 13 point effort on Sunday, and freshman guard Antonio Ionadi added 11 in the game for the Spartans.

Both teams came out firing in the first half, with Case Western Reserve making 55.6% of their shots overall (15-of-27) and 54.5% (six-of-11) from three-point range, while Chicago shot 17-of-31 (54.8%) overall and 58.3% (seven-of-12) from behind the three point line during the opening stanza.  The Spartans and the Maroons played close through the opening minutes of the game, with the contest tied on five separate occasions over the first seven minutes, before back-to-back threes by Hollis and sophomore forward Connor Nally and a layup by Hollis helped CWRU take a five-point lead, 23-18, with 11:02 remaining in the period.  Chicago responded with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes of the game that led to a 30-25 lead with 7:32 to go.  The Maroons would go on to lead by as many as 12 points during the first half, but a Hollis would convert a pair of traditional three-point plays in the final 1:15 of the period, giving him a team-leading 11 points during the frame and cutting the lead to 47-39 by halftime.

A free throw by senior forward T.J. Duckett to open the second half quickly cut the lead back to seven, but that would be as close as the Spartans would get for the remainder of the game.  Chicago expanded its advantage to 21 points by the 14:12 mark, and would go on to lead by as many as 26 in the second half of the game.

The Spartans will conclude their 2017-18 season next Saturday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania against Carnegie Mellon University.