Spartan Men Return Home for Throwback Weekend against No. 25 Brandeis, NYU

Spartan Men Return Home for Throwback Weekend against No. 25 Brandeis, NYU

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team returns home for the team's annual Throwback Weekend held at the historic Adelbert Gymnasium to start the second half of its University Athletic Association schedule. First, the Spartans will don the jerseys of Western Reserve University and take on 25th-ranked Brandeis University on Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. Then, the team will represent the Case Institute of Technology and face New York University on Sunday, February 9 at noon.

LIVE COVERAGE
vs. Brandeis (Friday, February 7 · 8 p.m.)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200207_twv5.xml
Webcast: https://case.edu/livestream/athletics/ 

vs. NYU (Sunday, February 9 · noon)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200209_ok9w.xml
Webcast: https://case.edu/livestream/athletics/ 

THROWBACK WEEKEND
Case Western Reserve University will be celebrating its annual Throwback Weekend during its games this weekend, as the Spartans will honor the heritage and tradition of CWRU. The men's team will be wearing the 'throwback' uniforms of the Western Reserve University Red Cats on Friday night and the Case Institute of Technology Rough Riders on Sunday afternoon. All games during the weekend will be played at Historic Adelbert Gymnasium.

For more information on the weekend's events, including a complete schedule, visit https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200204ln3sq4.

CWRU SPARTANS
The Spartans split a pair of University Athletic Association road games last weekend, losing to No. 25 Brandeis 71-64 on Friday night but defeating NYU 85-77 on Sunday afternoon.

Midway through conference play, Case Western Reserve sits tied for fifth in the UAA with a record of 2-5. Overall, the Spartans are 9-9 with a 5-2 mark in Cleveland. CWRU averages 74.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score 76.1 points per game. The Spartans shoot 43.1% from the field, including 36.9% from three-point range, while allowing opponents to make 44.2% of their shots and 38.7% from beyond the arc.

The team's leading scorer is first-year forward Cole Frilling, who averages 14.3 points per game and 19.4 points per game in league play, the top mark in the conference. He also contributes 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. Junior guard Antonio Ionadi is the team's sharpshooter, making 41.4% of his three-point attempts this season and averaging 11.1 points per game.

Todd McGuinness is in his fourth season as the head coach at CWRU, compiling a 38-55 record in Cleveland. Previously, McGuinness coached for seven years at Hartwick College and owns a 152-125 career record as a head coach. His assistants are Mike Fitzpatrick, Greg Van Pelt, and T.J. Duckett.

#25 BRANDEIS JUDGES
Brandeis swept its home UAA weekend, with the victory against CWRU and an 87-68 win over Carnegie Mellon on Sunday. The Judges are 14-4 overall, 7-3 on the road, and 6-1 in the conference, tied for first place. The team scores 73.1 points per game on 46.6% shooting, including 39.7% from three-point range. Brandeis allows opponents to score 66.6 points per game on 40.4% shooting and 32.6% from three-point range. The team's leading scorer is senior guard/forward Collin Sawyer, who averages 15.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Nolan Hagerty collects the most rebounds at 7.9 per game, while junior forward Chandler Jones is second on the team with 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Brandeis remained at No. 25 in the latest edition of the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll. The Judges have appeared in the poll for three consecutive weeks, reaching a high of 24th.

Brandeis is under the leadership of second-year head coach Jean Bain. The position with the Judges is his first head coaching stop after six years as an associate head coach at the Division I level. With Brandeis, Bain has a 32-15 record. His assistants are Sean Tabb, L.J. Harrington, and Sam Rubinstein.

In the loss last weekend, sophomore guard Robert Faller set a career high with 20 points, and sophomore forward Ryan Newton recorded the second double-double of his career with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Newton also matched a career-high with five blocks. Brandeis holds a 28-25 edge in all-time series. The Judges swept the series last season, defeating the Spartans 67-65 in Cleveland and 71-65 in overtime in Massachusetts. Senior forward Michael Hollis averaged 11.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against the Judges last season.

NYU VIOLETS
The Violets dropped a pair of home games last weekend, losing to Carnegie Mellon 84-71 on Friday night followed by the loss to CWRU on Sunday. NYU has a 7-11 overall record, including a 4-3 mark in road contests. The Violets are eighth in the UAA with a 0-7 record in conference play. The team scores 72.9 points per game while allowing 74.4 points per game. NYU shoots 44.9% from the field, including 31.3% from three-point range, and allows opponents to shoot 45.9% overall and 34.6% from beyond the arc. Senior guard Ethan Feldman leads the Violets with 14.6 points per game and makes a team-high 45.2% of his three-point attempts. Senior forward/guard Jimmy Martinelli is the squad's top rebounder, collecting 7.7 per game while also averaging 10.9 points per contest. The other Violet scoring threat is sophomore forward/center Cade Hoppe, who makes 54.0% of his shots and averages 11.0 points per game.

In his second season as the Violets' head coach is Dagan Nelson, compiling a 15-28 record at the school. Nelson was the head coach at SUNY New Paltz for four seasons (2007-11), his only other collegiate head coaching experience. Overall, Nelson has a 50-94 career record. His assistants are David Muchnick, Dante Milligan, James Altman, and Jake Rauchbach.

In the Spartans' 85-77 win over the Violets last weekend, Frilling scored 30 points, both a career high and the most points by a Spartan this season. As a team, the Spartans shot a season-high 52.9% (31-of-59) overall against NYU and went 48.4% (15-of-31) on three-point attempts, their second-best mark in a UAA game this season. NYU holds a 36-18 all-time advantage over CWRU. Last season, the teams split the season series, with each school winning on its home court. Case Western Reserve was a 57-55 victor in Cleveland, while the Violets took the game in New York 81-71. Newton averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game across the two contests.

SPARTAN NOTES

  • Case Western Reserve leads all UAA teams and is 16th among NCAA Division III teams with 5.0 blocks per game. The team is on pace for 125 blocks this season, which would be the second-most in a single season in program history, behind only the 2012-13 team's 152 blocks.
  • The Spartans are shooting 36.9% from three-point range, which is on pace for the seventh-best mark in a single season in school history, and the best in the Todd McGuinness era.
  • CWRU's 220 total turnovers and 12.2 turnovers per game are each the second-fewest among UAA teams this season.
  • Cole Frilling's 30 points against NYU were the most by any player in a UAA contest this season. Frilling also scored the second-most points in a conference game (27, against Carnegie Mellon) and leads the conference with 19.4 points per game in UAA contests.
  • Frilling is one of just seven players to make more than half of his shots in conference games. He sits fourth in the conference with a 55.1% mark.
  • Ryan Newton is tied for third in the UAA with 1.43 blocked shots per conference game. He leads the team with 1.2 blocks per game overall and has recorded one block in five of the team's last seven games.
  • Antonio Ionadi is fifth in the conference with 2.43 made three-pointers per conference game. He is 61st in Division III with a .414 three-point percentage this season.
  • With the start against NYU on February 2, junior guard Michael Volkening has started in 40 consecutive games for the Spartans dating back to last season. He has 59 career starts, the 18th most in program history.
  • The win over NYU was the Spartans' second in the last three years on the road in New York, after previously not having won there since the 1999-00 campaign.