Vaselaney’s Career-High Not Enough for CWRU in Loss to Emory

Vaselaney’s Career-High Not Enough for CWRU in Loss to Emory

Case Western Reserve University freshman guard Jack Vaselaney came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points to lead all scorers on Friday night, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who suffered am 83-71 setback to Emory University at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday night.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 9-14 overall, including a 2-10 University Athletic Association record, while Emory remained in first place in the league with a 9-3 conference ledger and an 18-5 overall mark.

Vaselaney surpassed his previous career high of six points, shooting six-of-10 overall and three-of-six from long range to lead the Spartans.  Sophomore guard Antonio Ionadi added 14 points on a four-of-nine shooting effort, including a three-of-five day from long range, and junior guard Monty Khela scored 11, making three threes and shooting four-of-nine as well.

Junior forward Michael Hollis added a well-rounded performance, scoring nine points, collecting eight rebounds, and registering six assists and four steals, but fouled out with 9:14 remaining in the game.

The Spartans trailed by as many as 17 points with 5:12 remaining in the opening half, but trimmed the lead to seven by the break.  Ionadi and Vaselaney each nailed a pair of threes over the final four minutes of the period, including one by Ionadi with 57 seconds to play in the half that cut the Eagles' lead to 39-32 heading into the break.

CWRU's bench was a major contributor in the Spartans keeping the game close, outscoring Emory's 18-0 in the first half.

Case Western Reserve trimmed the lead down to two, 50-48, with 14:02 remaining on a converted and-one by Hollis.  The score remained close, and with 12:04 left, a three pointer by Vaselaney put the Spartans ahead 55-53, the team's first lead since the opening 30 seconds of the game.

However, Emory would go on an 8-0 to take a 63-57 lead with 9:14 to play, and grow its lead to as many as 13 points.  A jumper by Vaselaney helped CWRU get back within seven, 78-71 with 1:30 to play, but that would be as close as the Spartans would get the remainder of the way. 

The Spartans finished the game shooting 41.3% overall and 42.9% from long range, and CWRU's bench finished the game with a 41-9 scoring advantage.

Lawrence Rowley and Gebereal Baitey each scored 17 for the Eagles on Friday.

Case Western Reserve will welcome 22nd-ranked Rochester to Horsburgh Gymnasium next, as the Spartans will face off against the Yellowjackets at noon on Sunday, February 17th.