Chung scores 21 as Case Western posts 57-51 upset win against No. 6 Rochester
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Junior guard Tim Chung scored a game-high 21 points to lead short-handed Case Western Reserve to a shocking 57-51 upset at No. 6 Rochester on Sunday at the Palestra.
The Spartans improved their season mark to 12-12 overall and 5-8 in the University Athletic Association heading into the season finale on Saturday. The Yellowjackets fell to 21-3 (10-3 UAA).
Chung hit four 3-pointers in the game and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. Junior center David Thompson aided the win with 14 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman guard Spencer Boyd also had a career day with 10 points and seven boards.
Overall, the Spartans played only six players in the game. Those half-dozen Spartans held Rochester to just 33.8 percent shooting (22 of 65), including 12 percent (3 of 25) from 3-point range. Rochester's NCAA Division III Player of the Year candidate John DiBartolomeo was limited to just 10 points.
In the first half, the Spartans rode an early 7-2 run and led 7-4 when Chung hit one of two free throws at the 13:18 mark. The Yellowjackets came back with nine in a row and grabbed a 13-7 lead following a layup by Tyler Sankes at 10:52. Then with the score at 17-12, Case came back with five in a row and tied the game when Chung hit a 3-pointer with 5:59 on the clock. The Spartans would lead again, at 20-19, when Thompson converted an old-fashioned three-point play at 5:16, but Rochester was able to end the period on a 7-3 run as neither team scored in the final 2:31.
In the second half, Rochester scored the first four and led by a high of seven, 30-23, as Nate Vernon hit back-to-back jumpers at 19:41 and 18:58. However, Case rallied later in the period with a 7-0 run that put the visitors on top 37-34 as Thompson nailed a jumper with 12:21 left to play.
The Yellowjackets briefly knotted the score at 40-40, but the Spartans answered again with a quick 8-0 spurt that culminated in a Chung triple with 6:18 remaining. Rochester trimmed the deficit to two with an 8-2 run as Sankes hit a layup at 2:36, but Thompson put the Spartans back up by four with a jumper at 2:10. After scoreless possessions for each side, the Yellowjackets got within one when Kevin Sheehy hit a three with 1:01 remaining.
On the next trip down the floor, Chung answered Rochester's score with a layup that made the score 54-51 with 38 seconds left in the game. The Spartans then tightened on defense and forced a missed layup that eventually led to Chung hitting the clinching free throws.