Mens Basketball at Emory

This past Friday the Tartans encountered another obstacle on their road to the top of the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference standings. Despite their best efforts, the Carnegie Mellon men?s basketball team met defeat in Atlanta last weekend, dropping a close game to the Emory Eagles, 88?85. With this loss the Tartans fall to 12?4 on the season and 4?2 in UAA play. They are now second in the conference. Emory improves to 11??5 on the year and 3?3 in the conference.
In the first half of play, neither team was dominant. Like past UAA matches of the Tartans, the game against Emory was close and hard-fought. Carnegie Mellon was able to close to within two points of the Eagles numerous times and Emory never led by a margin greater than seven points. The Tartans were able to even up the score many times in the half.
Carnegie Mellon?s only lead of the game came after Eliot Goren hit a jumper with 9:11 left to put the Tartans up 22?21. This lead was short-lived, however, after Emory?s Chase Fawsett
(24 points, seven rebounds) laid one in to regain the lead in favor of the Eagles. At the half, the score was Eagles 43, Tartans 41. This momentum carried into the locker room for Emory, as they took control and fended off every Tartan surge in the second half. Carnegie Mellon was able to tie the score at 78 with just 5:21 left in the game and again at 83 with just over two minutes left, but Eagles senior guard Rashawn Allen hit a big three-pointer that sank the Tartans. Despite a great team effort, their final-minute surge fell short.
The game was close in many respects and, for the most part, the Tartans and the Eagles played comparably. Both teams had field goal percentages around 48 percent and both had similar numbers in steals and blocks. Both teams also shot well from behind the three-point line ? Emory shot 64 percent and the Tartans
49 percent ? and combined for
18 total field goals. Carnegie Mellon was able to keep the Eagles? chances of scoring behind the arc low. Coach Wingen has stated that the team has focused a great deal of energy on ?getting out on the shooters of opposing teams? to hold three-point opportunities to a minimum.
The Tartans were able to assert some dominance underneath, led by junior forwards Nate Maurer and Clayton Barlow-Wilcox, who led the team with nine rebounds apiece. For the game, the Tartans out-rebounded the Eagles 36?30. Unfortunately, it was foul trouble that put Carnegie Mellon at their greatest disadvantage. The Eagles were sent to the free-throw line twice as much as the Tartans throughout the game, attempting 30 foul shots compared to the Tartans? 13. In such a close match between two talented organizations, the number of times the players are sent to the line can make the difference between victory and defeat.
The Tartans are far from being defeated, despite their most recent setback. With seven games remaining in their schedule, Carnegie Mellon is still one of the top teams to contend with in the UAA. Success at home, over the next two weeks, can put the Tartans back in the direction necessary for them to lead the conference and pull down an automatic NCAA Division III
tournament bid.