On Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Athletic Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball fell to Kalamazoo College 77-62. The loss drops the Spartans to 2-3 on the season, while the Hornets improve to 3-2.
First-year guard Cole Frilling led the team with eight points, and senior forward Michael Hollis led the team with seven rebounds.
Case Western Reserve started the game on a 9-2 run, leading by that score six minutes into the game. The Spartans pushed the lead to eight, 22-14, with over six minutes to go in the half on free throws from Frilling. The Hornets tied the game at 22 a few minutes later, and the teams went back and forth for a few minutes.
Senior guard Sam Hansen made a layup to give CWRU a one-point lead with just over two minutes to go in the half. However, following an 8-0 run by the Hornets, the Spartans trailed 36-28 at the end of the first half.
To start the second half, Kalamazoo pushed the lead to 10. Junior guard Ignas Masiulionis made two three-pointers to cut the deficit to just four, 40-36. The Hornets responded with a 19-2 run to take a 21-point lead near the midpoint of the second half. While the Spartans cut the deficit to 15 late in the second half, it was the closest they would get.
The Spartans had a poor shooting day, making just 32.4% of their shots from the field. CWRU outperformed Kalamazoo on the boards, nabbing 47 rebounds to the Hornets' 42.
Case Western Reserve will look to stop a three-game losing streak when they return home to Horsburgh Gymnasium on Tuesday, November 26 to face Denison University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.