Men’s Basketball Visits JCU, Kalamazoo for Pair of Non-Conference Games

Michael Volkening drives past a defender during the Spartans' win over Centre College

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will look to bounce back after its first loss of the season when the team travels for two non-conference road contests. First, the Spartans will head to University Heights, Ohio to face John Carroll University on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Then, CWRU will face Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, November 23 at 1 p.m.

Live Coverage
Live stats for the game against the Blue Streaks can be found at https://jcusports.com/sports/2016/10/5/live-stats.aspx with live video available at https://boxcast.tv/view/mens-basketball-vs-case-western-683603.

For live stats of the game against the Hornets, fans can go to https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20191123_185s.xml, with live video available at https://livestream.com/KalamazooCollege.

CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve will be on the road for the second straight week, after heading to Westerville, Ohio last Wednesday and falling to Otterbein University 73-67. The team opened the season with two wins in the Bill Sudeck Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spartans are averaging 80.7 points per game on 41.2% shooting, including 30.0% from three-point range, while also allowing 80.7 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is junior guard Ignas Masiulionis with 11.3 points per game. Senior guard Monty Khela and junior guard Antonio Ionadi each average 11.0 points per game, with Khela grabbing a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game and adding a team-leading 3.0 assists per game.

Coaching the Spartans is Head Coach Todd McGuinness, who has compiled a 145-119 career record during his 11 years as a head coach, the last four of which have been spent at CWRU. He is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick, Greg Van Pelt, and T.J. Duckett.

John Carroll University Blue Streaks
JCU opened the season with two wins in the Allegheny Classic, defeating Waynesburg 78-58 on Friday night and Grove City 88-71 on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Streaks are averaging 83.0 points per game this season, making 46.5% of their shots and 38.7% from three-point range. Senior guard Jimmy Berger leads the team with 23.0 points per game, making 60.7% of his shots, with junior forward Luke Hippler contributing a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game. Senior guard Sean Flannery has a team-high 8.0 assists per game.

Leading the Blue Streaks is Head Coach Pete Moran, who is in his third season as the team's head coach. He has compiled a 40-20 career record and previously served as an assistant coach at JCU for five seasons. Assisting Moran are Frank O'Brien, Pat Moran, Spencer Roule, and Dom Mittiga.

This is the first meeting between the Spartans and the Blue Streaks since the 2011-12 season, when the CWRU lost to JCU 86-74 at home. CWRU is 21-24 all-time against John Carroll.

Kalamazoo College Hornets
The Hornets began their season with two straight losses but picked up a 75-68 road win against Anderson (Ind.) last Saturday. Kalamazoo hosts Bluffton on Wednesday before welcoming the Spartans on Saturday. The team average 87.0 points per game, shooting 45.4% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. Senior guard Tanner Blyly leads the team with 19.7 points and 3.7 assists per game, while senior forward Ben Reiter has pulled down a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 15.7 points per game.

Nick Giard became the 15th head coach in Kalamazoo's history in September 2019. While never before serving as a collegiate head coach, Giard was an assistant at Williams College for two seasons after serving as a graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for a combined four seasons at two Division I schools. He is assisted by Kevin White, Matt Covault, and David Simpson. 

The Spartans are 4-1 all-time against Kalamazoo, including a 1-1 record in games played on the road.  CWRU claimed an 80-57 win over the Hornets last season in Cleveland, as Antonio Ionadi dropped 24 points and made six-of-10 three-point attempts, while senior forward Michael Hollis scored 12 points and collected 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Spartan Notes

  • Sophomore forward Ryan Newton recorded his first career double-double in the win over Centre, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the game. Newton is second on the team with 7.0 rebounds per game and fourth on the team with 10.7 points per game.
  • Monty Khela is tied for fourth among UAA players with 7.7 rebounds per game.  He notched the first double-double of his career last Wednesday with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to Otterbein.
  • Four Spartans average at least one block per game, including three with 1.3 per game. As a team, CWRU has 19 blocks in its first three games.
  • Senior guard Sam Hansen has made 111 three-pointers in his career, tied for 14th best in program history.  He is third among UAA players this season with a 66.7% (four-for-six) mark from behind the three-point line.
  • Antonio Ionadi needs one more three-pointer to reach 100 for his career.