Spartans Aim To Extend Streak in Saturday’s UAA Opener against CMU

Case Western Reserve Athletic News

Jan 04, 2018

The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team will look to extend its three-game winning streak on Saturday, January 6th, when the Spartans open University Athletic Association competition at home against Carnegie Mellon University.  The Spartans are scheduled to tip against the Tartans at 4:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.Live Coverage Live Stats: Spartans The Spartans will enter conference play with some momentum, winning five of their last six games, including a 63-60 win at Oberlin College on Wednesday.  The Spartans are 6-5 overall this season, including a 3-3 home record.  Case Western Reserve has averaged 79.2 points per game, shooting 42.4% from the floor overall and 36.5% from long range, while allowing 77.7 points per game.  Senior forward T.J. Duckett is averaging a double-double this season, leading the team with 14.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, with 1.0 blocks per game.  Freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis has added 10.7 points per game, with sophomore forward Connor Nally (9.8 ppg), sophomore guard Sam Hansen (9.4 ppg) and freshman guard Antonio Ionadi (9.1 ppg) round out the team’s top scorers.Head Coach Todd McGuinness is in his second season at CWRU.  He has a career record of 128-94 (.577 winning percentage), which includes a seven-year stint at Hartwick College, where his teams qualified for the NCAA Championships on four occasions.  McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Kelly Blair, Liz Hornberger, Evan Shang and Aleksandar Zivic.Carnegie Mellon TartansAfter opening the season with three wins in their first four games, the Tartans have dropped five of their last six to fall to 4-7 overall, including a record of 0-2 in road games (1-2 including neutral contests).  The team is coming off back-to-back losses, including a 94-83 setback at SUNY Brockport on Tuesday.  For the season, Carnegie Mellon has averaged 72.4 points per game on 44.1% …

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