The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will conclude its 2018-19 season on Saturday, February 23rd, when the Spartans play host to Carnegie Mellon University at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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CWRU will enter their final game of the season looking to end a seven-game losing streak that has dropped the team's record to 9-15 overall, including a 6-7 mark in home games. The Spartans lost a pair of close games to the top-two teams in the University Athletic Association last weekend, falling 83-71 to Emory on Friday and 68-62 to 22nd-ranked Rochester on Sunday, and remained in seventh place in the league standings with a 2-11 UAA mark. CWRU is averaging 71.2 points per game on 39.5% shooting overall and 32.3% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 73.7 points per contest. Junior forward Michael Hollis and sophomore guard Antonio Ionadi are each scoring 9.3 points per game. Hollis also leads the team with 9.6 rebounds per contest, 64 total assists, 24 blocks and 38 steals.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Todd McGuinness, who is now in his third year with the team. During his 10 year career as a collegiate head coach, which includes seven years at Hartwick, he has a 143-117 overall record, good for a .550 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
CARNEGIE MELLON TARTANS
Carnegie Mellon will come into Saturday's game with a 10-14 overall record, following a pair of losses last weekend to Rochester (79-58) and Emory (89-74). The Tartans are 4-9 in road games this season, and are in sixth place in the UAA with a 5-8 conference record. The team has scored 74.8 points per game this year and allowed 77.3, while shooting 46.1% overall and 35.5% from behind the arc. Junior guard Zach Howarth leads the team with 16.7 points per game, while senior forward/ guard Seth Henry has scored 15.9 points per contest and leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior forward Trent Suddeth has added 10.4 points per game.
The Tartans are led by Tony Wingen, the longest tenured coach currently in the UAA. In his 29 years with the Tartans, he has recorded a 321-403 overall mark, and has gone 341-431 during his 31-year coaching career, which includes two years at Sewanee. Wingen is assisted by David Sloan, Kyle Goldcamp and Jermaine Turner.
Carnegie Mellon picked up the win in the first meeting of the season, topping the Spartans 65-71 in Pittsburgh on January 5. Junior guard Monty Khela came off the bench to lead CWRU in the game, scoring 14 points on a seven-of-18 shooting performance, while sophomore guard Michael Volkening added 11 points, and freshman forward Ryan Newton registered 10 points and six rebounds. Michael Hollis also scored nine and collected 14 rebounds and five blocks for the Spartans. For Carnegie Mellon, Seth Henry led five players in double figures with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
CWRU holds a 40-37 edge in the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon, which dates back to the 1971-72 season (the first year of Case Western Reserve basketball). Last year, the Spartans and the Tartans split their two games against each other last season, with CWRU winning the first contest in Cleveland, 94-63, and falling in Pittsburgh 72-63.
- Michael Volkening scored a career-high 22 points during Sunday's game against Rochester, surpassing his previous career-high of 21 against Alfred last season. He also notched career bests with eight made field goals and three made three-pointers, while his six rebounds were one shy of his career-best mark.
- Freshman guard Jack Vaselaney broke out for a career-high 17 points against Emory on Friday, shooting six-of-10 overall and making three three-point attempts in the game.
- Michael Hollis will enter the final game of the season leading all UAA players with 9.6 rebounds per game. He is three-tenths of a rebound ahead of NYU's Dom Cristiano for the league lead, and 1.4 rebounds per contest ahead of the next closest player after Cristiano. Should he finish the year as the conference's top rebounded, it would mark the first time that a Spartan has led the league in rebounds per game since David Thompson did so in 2013-14.
- CWRU leads all UAA teams with 3.7 blocks per game this season, and is one-tenth of a block ahead of second-place Emory. The Spartans are also second in the league with 6.8 steals per game this year. Hollis leads the league this season with 1.6 steals per game, and ranks fourth among conference players with 1.0 blocks per game.
- CWRU has hit 225 three pointers this season, the third most among UAA teams. It marks the fifth time in program history that a CWRU squad has made over 200 threes in a season, each of which has been over the last five seasons. The Spartans have made 10 or more threes in 11 of their 24 contests.