Down by six and unable to stop the high-powered Case Western Reserve University offense, the Washington University men’s basketball team appeared willing to concede another defeat in what has been a difficult past three weeks for this historic program.
Through nearly 34 minutes of play, sophomore center David Schmelter had hit all eight of his free throws to help the Bears keep pace with a streaking Emory University. Yet it was his ninth and 10th of the afternoon, both misses, that helped seal the Washington University men’s basketball team’s 74-73 loss to the host Eagles.
The home crowd erupted when sophomore guard Kevin Kucera connected on a 30 foot buzzer beater over a Yellowjacket defender. Not that it mattered.
For two straight games, Washington University Men’s Basketball found itself in need of a three-point play in its final possession. Each time, the team came up short.
On Saturday night, the Washington University men’s basketball team rode the hot hand of sophomore Andrew Sanders and his fresh-faced supporting cast to cruise to a 78-62 victory over Johns Hopkins University and capture the Bears 17th-straight team title in the 32nd annual Lopata Classic.
Visiting DePauw University put on an offensive showcase and upset the No. 14 Bears 83-73 in the Field House on Thursday, ending Wash. U.’s season in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
After earning an at-large bid to the 2015 tournament with a 20-5 overall record and 9-5 University Athletic Association mark, the Red and Green will look to finally get over the hump and reach the postseason’s second weekend this season. Here is a quick look at what to expect from the Bears at this stage of tournament play.
With the win on Saturday, the Bears finished the regular season with a 20-5 overall record and 9-5 record in the University Athletic Association to capture second place in the conference.
The Bears delivered with a pair of extremes, sweeping both home games over the weekend by scoring a season-high 97 points in a 97-75 win against New York University and allowing a season-low 44 points in a 72-44 victory against Brandeis University.
In their highest-scoring weekend of the season, the Bears fell to No. 20 Emory University, 93-87, on Friday before salvaging a weekend split against the University of Rochester with a 94-87 victory on Sunday.