After taking 11 days off for finals, the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team returns to the court for its final two games in 2019. The Spartans will compete in the 2019 HOOP MIA D3 Holiday Shootout in Florida, taking on Alvernia University in Miami on Wednesday, December 18 at 2 p.m. and UMass Dartmouth in Miami Shores on Thursday, December 19 at 6 p.m.
Fans can follow all of the action with both live stats and video webcasts. A video broadcast can be found at https://goeasterneagles.com/sports/2019/11/6/Mensbasketball-video-ncaa-divisionIII-livestream.aspx, while fans can find live stats at https://goeasterneagles.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary.
Fans can head to https://goeasterneagles.com/sports/2019/11/25/HoopMia2019.aspx to find more information about the Hoop MIA D3 Holiday Shootout, including team and venue information and a complete schedule.
The Spartans are riding a three-game winning streak to push their season record to 5-3, including wins over Thiel, 88-50 in Pennsylvania on December 4, and Adrian, 78-63 at home on December 7, in their last two outings. In the two games, Case Western Reserve held its opponents to a combined 33.3% shooting from the field. The team averages 74.5 points per game on 41.3% shooting and 36.3% from three-point range, while allowing 69.9 points per game on 40.5% shooting and 35.9% from three-point range. Junior guard Antonio Ionadi, who tied a season-high with 20 points against Adrian, leads the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game. Senior forward Michael Hollis leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per game. Hollis also leads the team with 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Coaching the Spartans Head Coach Todd McGuinness, who owns a 148-119 career record during his 11 years as a head coach, which includes a 34-49 record during his four seasons at CWRU. He is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick, Greg Van Pelt, and T.J. Duckett.
ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY GOLDEN WOLVES
Alvernia comes into the HOOP MIA D3 Holiday Tournament on a two-game winning streak, defeating Immaculata 85-80 on December 11 and Messiah 69-64 on December 14. The Golden Wolves have a 5-4 overall record, including a 4-0 mark in road contests and a 0-1 mark in contests at a neutral site. The team averages 75.8 points per game while allowing 71.7 points per game. The Golden Wolves make 46.2% of their shots, including 40.5% from three-point range and allow opponents to shoot 43.0% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Justin Thomas is Alvernia's leading scorer, averaging 21.7 points per game. Thomas has scored more than 30 points in three games already this season, including a career high 36 points against Messiah. He also leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. Second on the team in both points (16.7 per game) and rebounds (5.3 per game) is sophomore guard/forward Malik Green. The Golden Wolves face Wesleyan University on December 17 in Miami before taking on the Spartans the following day.
Mike Miller is Alvernia's head coach, and is now in his 16th season with the school. Miller has led the Golden Wolves to six NCAA tournament appearances, and he is the winningest coach in school history, compiling a 264-149 record. He is assisted by Terry Miller, Mike Miller Jr., and Anthony Dadson.
CWRU and Alvernia have never faced off in the history of either program.
UMASS DARTHMOUTH CORSAIRS
UMass Dartmouth started the season strong with a four-game winning streak, but the team has split its last six games for a 7-3 overall record, including a 2-2 record in road contests. Most recently, the Corsairs defeated Castleton 87-60 at home on December 7 and lost to Rhode Island College 92-69 on the road on December 4. The team averages 81.4 points per game on 45.3% shooting and 38.5% from three-point range, while allowing 74.2 points per game on 42.3% shooting and 34.6% from three-point range. The Corsairs' top scorer is sophomore guard Adam Seablom with 15.7 points per game. Senior forward Harry Alexander is one of the nation's top rebounders, averaging a team-high 10.8 rebounds per game, the 26th highest average in Division III.
Brian Baptiste has been the head coach at UMass Dartmouth since 1983, compiling over 600 wins and a national semifinal appearance in 18 postseason berths for the Corsairs. Baptiste has a career record of 633-334 in his 36 seasons. Tommy Keyes, Aaron Strothers, and Kevin Kolek are Baptiste's assistant coaches.
This will be the first ever meeting between the Spartans and the Corsairs.
- The Spartans will take 16 days off for the holidays before their next game on Saturday, January 4 at Albion College. It will be the team's final non-conference game of the season. CWRU hosts Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, January 11 to start University Athletic Association play.
- At the 2018 HOOP MIA D3 Holiday Shootout, the Spartans split their two games, defeating Widener 80-70 but falling to Plattsburgh 88-69.
- First-year forward Cole Frilling and sophomore forward Ryan Newton each registered a career-high five blocks in the last two games. Newton's five were against Thiel, while Frilling blocked five Adrian shots.
- Case Western Reserve ranks seventh in Division III with 5.9 team blocks per game.
- The team's 14 made three-pointers against Thiel are the most since CWRU made 16 against Kalamazoo College on December 8, 2018.
- Thirteen different players scored for the Spartans against Thiel.