The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team suffered a 106-70 loss to eighth-ranked Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday afternoon.
The loss was the fourth-straight setback for the Spartans, who fell to 1-4 in University Athletic Association play and to 8-8 overall. Emory raised its record to 14-2 overall with a 4-1 league record.
First-year forward Cole Frilling led the Spartans with 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals on Sunday, shooting eight-of-12 overall and one-of-three from behind the three-point line. Senior forward Michael Hollis added 10 points and five rebounds, and junior guard Ignas Masiulionis came off the bench to connect on three three-pointers for nine points.
The Spartans never led in Sunday's game, and trailed since Emory's opening basket of the game with 18:49 remaining in the first half. A layup by Hollis with 14:31 left in the first half capped off a 6-0 run and helped the Spartans pull back within three, 11-8, but Emory expanded its lead to as many as 19 points in the first half, and closed out the period with a 47-30 lead.
The Eagles led by as many as 40 in the second half, taking a 106-66 lead with 1:24 to go, before coming away with the 36-point victory.
The Spartans shot 45.2% overall on Sunday, but struggled from long range, hitting just six-of-23 three-point attempts (26.1%). Meanwhile, Emory was able to connect on 16-of-29 three-point tries (55.2%) and shot 50.0% overall from the floor.
The Spartans' four-game conference road trip will continue next weekend, when the Spartans travel to face Brandeis University and New York University next weekend. Case Western Reserve will play the Judges at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, before driving south to take on the Violets at noon on Sunday, February 2.