Men’s Basketball Opens UAA Play with 94-63 Win over Carnegie Mellon

Case Western Reserve Athletic News

Jan 06, 2018

The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team picked up its fourth-straight victory on Saturday afternoon, opening University Athletic Association play with a 94-63 win over Carnegie Mellon University at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.The Spartans maintained the momentum they had built coming into conference play, with the team claiming its sixth win in its last seven games, and improving to 7-5 overall.  Carnegie Mellon dropped to 4-8 on the campaign with the loss.Five Case Western Reserve players registered double-figure point totals during Saturday’s well-rounded scoring effort, including a team-leading 15 apiece for freshman guard Antonio Ionadi and senior forward T.J. Duckett.  Ionadi shot five-of-eight overall, knocking down three of his five three-point tries, while Duckett made six-of-his seven shots and fell just one rebound shy of a double-double.  Sophomore guard Monty Khela contributed 14 points, with sophomore forward Michael Hollis scoring 11 points and freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis adding 10 points.  The Spartans shot a blistering 58.1% during the first half, knocking down 18-of-31 shots overall, including seven-of-17 three-point attempts (41.2%).  Four early points from Duckett and a three by sophomore guard Sam Hansen helped the Spartans surge to a 7-2 lead three minutes into the game.  Carnegie Mellon would pull back within four, 15-11, with 11:09 to play in the half, but an 18-6 spur by CWRU, capped by a layup by Duckett with 6:48 left in the period, put the Spartans ahead by 17, 35-18.  The 17-point advantage was the largest lead of the half for CWRU, a mark the team would match on a three by Masiulionis with 1:19 left in the period, before a late 5-0 run by the Tartans closed the gap to 47-35 by halftime.The Spartans’ bench outscored Carnegie Mellon’s 26-9 during the first half, including 10 from Ionadi, who made two of his three three-point tries and four-of-five shots overall to lead all CWRU scorers.  Duckett added nine …

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