CWRU Men’s Basketball Falls at Chicago, 80-61

CWRU's Robert Faller drives to the hoop during the Spartans' game against Centre College

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team lost to the University of Chicago on Sunday afternoon 80-61 at the Ratner Center in Chicago. The Spartans fall to 11-11 on the season and 4-7 in University Athletic Association play. The Maroons are 10-12 overall and 5-6 in the UAA.

Sophomore guard Robert Faller reached double figures for the fifth time in his last six games, leading the Spartans with 18 points and four assists off the bench. He set a career-high with eight made field goals in the game. Junior guard Antonio Ionadi scored 10 points and collected a career-high seven rebounds. Senior forward Michael Hollis led the team with eight rebounds and added five points, while first-year forward Cole Frilling scored nine points and collected seven rebounds.

The Spartans trailed to start the game, but and Hollis put the team ahead 9-8 with a free throw a few minutes into the contest. Chicago regained the lead, but the game remained close until the Maroons led by seven, 23-16, midway through the first half. CWRU used two straight baskets from Faller in response to cut the deficit to just three. With under three minutes left in the first half, the Spartans trailed by 12 after the Maroons went on a 9-0 run. Ionadi ended the run with a jumper, and Case Western Reserve finished the half on a 6-2 run to trail 37-29 at the break.

CWRU started the second half strong, using a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to just one, 39-38. Four minutes into the half, Faller made a free throw to tie the score at 42. Chicago responded with a 12-0 run, and CWRU trailed by double figures with less than 11 minutes left in the game. Junior guard Ignas Masiulionis ignited a 9-2 run with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five, 56-51, a few minutes later.

The five-point gap would be the smallest for the Spartans for the rest of the contest. With less than six minutes left in the game, Chicago led by 14 on the strength of a 9-0 run. The Spartans twice cut the deficit to 11, but the Maroons pulled away late in the contest for the win.

The team returns to Cleveland for their final home games of the season next weekend. Case Western Reserve hosts Rochester on Friday, February 21 at 8 p.m. and Emory on Sunday, February 23 at noon. The team will celebrate its graduating members with a special Senior Day ceremony before the game on Sunday.