Spartan Men Hold-off Brandeis 69-64 for Fourth-Straight Win

Case Western Reserve Athletic News

Feb 02, 2018

The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team opened Throwback Weekend on Friday night with a 69-64 win over Brandeis University for the team’s fourth-consecutive University Athletic Association win.The four-game winning streak matches the team’s longest of the season, as the Spartans improved to 11-8 overall, and remained in third place in the UAA with a 5-3 conference ledger.  The four-straight conference wins are the most in UAA play in program history.  Brandeis dropped to 5-14 on the season with a 1-7 UAA mark.Senior forward T.J. Duckett led all players with 22 points and eight rebounds, shooting an efficient eight-of-10 from the floor.  Sophomore guard Monty Khela added 16 points, connecting on two of his three three-point attempts and shooting five-of-12 overall in the game.After matching a conference record with 18 three pointers during their win at Brandeis last Friday, Saturday’s game marked a contrast in style for the Spartans.  CWRU made a season-low five three pointers in the game, but scored 28 of their 69 points in the paint and converted 22 points off 16 Brandeis turnovers.  The Spartans shot 35.9% overall (23-of-64) on Friday. The Spartans fell in an early hole on Friday, trailing 10-4 by the 16:05 mark in the first half, but went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes, taking a 13-12 lead on a three pointer by Khela with 12:59 to play in the half.  Brandeis responded with a 13-0 run of their own, taking a 25-13 lead with 7:37 to go, but five points from Khela and four points from Duckett over a three-minute stretch cut the advantage down to three, 25-22, with 3:12 to play in the period.  Brandeis would carry a three-point lead into halftime, 29-26.Back-to-back baskets by sophomore forward Michael Hollis and Duckett to start the second half gave the Spartans their first lead of the period, and a three-pointer by freshman guard Michael …

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