Men’s Basketball Holds on to Edge NYU 57-55

Men’s Basketball Holds on to Edge NYU 57-55

Case Western Reserve University freshman forward Ryan Newton scored all 11 of his points in the second half, and junior guard Monty Khela added all 10 of his points over the final 20 minutes, helping the Spartans come from behind to top New York University 57-55 on Friday night at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The win put an end to a three-game losing streak for the Spartans, who improved to 8-5 overall, including a 1-1 mark in the University Athletic Association.  NYU dropped to 6-7 overall and to 0-2 in the UAA with the loss.

Junior forward Michael Hollis led all Spartans on Friday with 12 points on a six-of-10 shooting effort, while collecting six rebounds, two blocks, and career-high six steals.  Newton shot four-of-11 from the floor and three-of-six from behind the three-point line, adding two rebounds and two blocks.  Khela shot four-of-10 from the floor and two-of-six from three-point range, while leading all CWRU players with seven rebounds and four assists.

The Spartans led by as many as seven points in the first half of the game, taking a 17-10 lead with 8:13 remaining on a layup by freshman guard James Bittner.  However, the Spartans struggled with their three-point shot in the opening half, connecting on just one-of-14 attempts from behind the arc, allowing NYU to get back into the contest.  A 9-2 run by the Violets evened the score, and a layup by Dom Cristiano in the closing seconds of the opening half gave NYU its largest lead of the period, 27-23, heading into halftime.

The Spartans trailed by five points, 39-34, with 11:02 to play in the game before Khela connected on back-to-back layups and a three to put CWRU ahead for the first time in the half, 41-39.  After a basket by NYU, Khela connected on another three to put the Spartans back in front 44-41.  NYU would even the score again at 44-44 with 6:55 to play in the game, but Newton would answer with three-straight three-pointers of his own to put the Spartans ahead for good.  The Spartans led by as many as nine point after a layup by Hollis with 3:21 remaining, but CWRU's offense would go silent from that point forward, and the Violets would cut the Spartans' advantage to two points in the final 10 seconds on a free throw.  NYU had one final chance to even the score, but a layup by Cameron Moore as time expired missed the mark, securing the victory for the Spartans.

After a slow shooting start, the Spartans settled down in the second half, connecting on 14-of-29 (48.3%) of their shots overall and six-of-15 (40.0%) from behind the three-point line in the final 20 minutes.

NYU was paced by Cristiano on Friday, who finished with a game-high 26 points and 16 rebounds.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action on Sunday, playing host to UAA-opponent Brandeis University.  Tip-off is scheduled for noon at Horsburgh Gym.