CWRU Tops Oberlin 63-60 to Conclude Non-Conference Play

Case Western Reserve Athletic News

Jan 03, 2018

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans picked up a win in their final non-conference game of the season, using a strong start to the second half to defeat Oberlin College 63-60 in Oberlin, Ohio on Wednesday evening.The win was the third-straight for the Spartans, who moved above .500 for the first time this season, as the team improved to 6-5 overall.  Oberlin dropped to 6-6 with the loss. Senior forward T.J. Duckett recorded his second-straight double-double and sixth overall through 11 games this season, shooting nine-of-14 from the floor for a team-high 20 points with 16 rebounds.  Freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis and sophomore guard Sam Hansen scored 11 points each in the contest.The Spartans and the Yeomen played a back-and-forth first half.  After falling behind by five points early, back-to-back threes by Masiulionis helped the Spartans grab a 15-13 lead with 11:06 to play in the period.  The teams continued to play close, before a quick 6-0 run by Oberlin gave the Yeomen a 30-25 lead with 3:31 to play.  Oberlin would lead by as many as six late in the period, but a three pointer by Hansen as time expired in the half cut the lead down to three points, 35-32, heading into the break.Duckett led the Spartans in the first half with 10 points and eight rebounds, with Masiulionis adding eight points and sophomore forward Connor Nally scoring seven.  The Spartans shot 34.3% overall during the opening period, including five-of-15 on three-point tries, and outscored the Yeomen 8-0 on second chance opportunities.The Spartans would break away in the second half, opening the frame on a 21-4 run behind six points each from Duckett, Hansen and freshman guard Antonio Ionadi, jumping out in front by 14, 53-39, with 10:09 remaining in the game.  Oberlin would hit just one shot from the floor in the first 10 minutes of the period, but would eventually get back …

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