The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team ended its 2019-20 season with an 87-65 loss to Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday evening at Skibo Gymnasium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With the loss, the Spartans finish the 2019-20 season with a 13-12 record and a 6-8 mark in the University Athletic Association. The 13 wins are the most for a CWRU team since the 2014-15 season when the Spartans went 15-10, which was also the last time the team finished the season with a winning record. CWRU's six conference wins also match the most in team history in a 14-game UAA schedule.
The Tartans wrap up the season with an overall mark of 11-14 and a 4-10 record in UAA contests.
Ten Spartans scored in the contest with first-year forward Cole Frilling and sophomore forward Ryan Newton each scoring a team-high 13 points. Frilling added six rebounds, and Newton collected five caroms. Senior guard Monty Khela also reached double figures, adding 11 points in the game, while senior forward Michael Hollis led the team with nine rebounds and contributed six points.
Early in the contest, the Spartans used a 7-0 run to take a five-point lead, 15-10. Midway through the first half, the Tartans tied the game at 19, but Newton pushed CWRU ahead with a layup on the next possession. Case Western Reserve kept the lead until Carnegie Mellon used a 12-0 run to take a 31-23 advantage with less than four minutes remaining until halftime. Though the Spartans cut the deficit to six on a Frilling jumper, the Tartans led 38-28 at halftime.
After Frilling opened the second half with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to seven, the Tartans responded with a 19-5 run to pull ahead 57-36 just five minutes into the second half. CWRU fought back and cut the deficit to 14, 59-45, with a 9-2 run. However, Carnegie Mellon extended its advantage to 20 with less than nine minutes left in the game. Though Case Western Reserve trailed by as few as 16, the team could not overcome the large deficit and fell 87-65 in the season finale.
Saturday also marked the final career game for the Spartans' three seniors – Hollis, Khela and senior guard Sam Hansen.