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Washington University Holds on For Win at CWRU

Washington University Holds on For Win at CWRU

From Washington University Athletics

The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team shot 55.1 percent in the second half to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit in a 66-63 win at Case Western Reserve University Sunday at Adelbert Gymnasium in Cleveland.

WashU limited Case without a bucket in a span of 7:26 to end the first half and in the opening five minutes of the second half. Freshman forward Justin Hardy had 11 of the Bears' 16 points during a 16-0 run.

WashU won its seventh-straight game and improved to 14-6 and 7-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Case fell to 9-11 and 2-7 in the UAA. The Bears have won 14-straight games on Sunday dating back to last season.

Hardy finished with a game-high 26 points and eight rebounds on 10-of-13 field goal shooting. He also hit 5-of-6 from three-point range. Hardy averaged 25.5 points per game for the week and hit 9-of-12 three-pointers.

Junior forward DeVaughn Rucker added 13 points and six rebounds. WashU shot 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field in the win, and connected on 12-of-27 three-pointers.

Trailing by seven at half, Hardy hit a pair of threes and Rucker drained a triple to give WashU the 37-32 advantage. Freshman guard Charlie Jacob drained his second three of the game to make it 40-35.

Sophomore guard Jack Nolan found his groove and nailed a wing three and then a 15-foot jumped to make it 57-52.

Leading by two with 27.1 seconds left, Hardy stole a pass and went in for the lay-up to make it 65-61. Senior center Marcus Meyer hit 1-of-2 free-throws with 9.1 seconds left to make it a three-point game, and then Michael Hollis missed a three-point at the buzzer.

WashU started slow connecting on just 1-of-8 field goals with four turnovers and trailed 10-2 in the opening five minutes of play. Case's Ignas Masiulionis nailed a corner three to push the lead to 20-8 with 10:27 to play and force a timeout by Pat Juckem. WashU's largest deficit was 28-13.

A three-pointer by Hardyignited an 8-0 run to get the lead trimmed to 28-21. Jacob also had a three off the bench during the run.

WashU shot 26.7 percent (8-30) from the field while facing a triangle and two, and Case outscored the Bears 20-6 in bench points. WashU's bench was 2-of-14 in first half. Hardy led all scorers with 11 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting.

Brady Flynn led Case with 16 points.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve 49-5, and the Bears have won the last nine meetings … Adelbert Gymnasium was built in 1888 … Hardy's dunk in the first half was his 14th of the season.