Men’s basketball team’s winning streak ends

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team had a successful winter break, winning four of five games, including home conference wins against 20th-ranked New York University and 23rd-ranked Brandeis University. The Tartans entered this past week with a 9–3 overall record and a 2–1 record in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Tartans played a trio of road games this past week and wound up losing all three. On Monday, the Tartans saw their four-game winning streak snapped as they fell 66–65 to Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.

The game was as close as the final score indicated — there were 12 ties and 14 lead changes throughout the game. The Tartans forced a turnover and called a timeout, trailing by one with 5.6 seconds remaining. Their potential game-winning shot never materialized as the Warriors defense swarmed the ball and didn’t allow a shot. Sophomore Ryan Einwag led the Tartans with 21 points on nine-of-11 shooting, and sophomore Jon Wolleben added 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Carnegie Mellon continued its road trip, taking on the University of Chicago on Friday night and Washington University (Mo.) on Sunday afternoon. Against Chicago the Tartans lost 100–69, thanks to Chicago making 60.7 percent of their shots and out-rebounding Carnegie Mellon 44–27. The Maroons also made 12 three-pointers whereas the Tartans only knocked down two. Einwag was the only Tartan to score in double figures as he led the Tartans with 20 points on seven-of-13 shooting. The Tartans were able to force 19 turnovers in the loss, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
After playing a talented Chicago team (12–3 overall) the Tartans visited St. Louis to take on the 13th-ranked Wash. U. Bears. The Bears defeated the Tartans 73–49, leaving the Tartans at 9–6 overall and 2–3 in the UAA. The Bears recorded their 11th straight win to improve to 14–1 and 5–0 in the UAA.

Not much went right for the Tartans against Wash. U., as the Tartans were plagued by poor shooting (27.6 percent for the game) and turnovers (23). The Tartans fell behind 30–16 at halftime and were unable to cut the deficit in the final half. Junior guard Geoff Kozak was the only Tartan in double figures, leading the way with 11 points.

“We did not come ready to play against Chicago on Friday, and it showed,” said senior guard and co-captain Brad Matta. “In the UAA, if you’re not ready to play 40 minutes, you’re in for an uphill battle. These games demonstrated to us how hard it is to win on the road in a conference like the UAA. We play our next couple games at home and we’ll try to get back on track. Once we start having more fun, moving quicker, making some more plays, the ball will start to bounce our way. We’re going to prepare for and value our next two games.”

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team will next be in action this Friday when they host Emory University at Skibo Gym. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will have an ’80s Night theme. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their favorite ’80s attire. Prizes will be given to the fans wearing the best costumes.