Tartan men’s basketball drops two away games

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team wrapped up its four-game road trip with games at Brandeis University on Friday and New York University on Sunday. The Tartans fell to Brandeis 75–52 and lost 78–57 to the NYU Violets. The losses drop the Tartans to 12–9 overall and 5–6 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

On Friday, The Tartans and Judges shared the lead throughout the first half with Carnegie Mellon going up by four at 29–25, on a three-pointer by junior guard Geoff Kozak off a pass from senior guard Brad Matta. Brandeis controlled the final 4:31 of the first half, scoring 10 straight points to lead 35–29 at halftime. Sophomore forward Ryan Einwag led the Tartans with 10 first-half points.

In the second half, Einwag’s layup at the 16:17 mark cut the Judges’ lead to 40–38. The Tartans couldn’t get over the hump and regain the lead, however, with Brandeis outscoring the Tartans 32–8 over the remaining 14 minutes. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Elliott Curtis at the buzzer capped off the scoring with Brandeis winning by 23.

Einwag led the Tartans with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kozak and sophomore center Dan Martin each added eight points in the loss. The Tartans shot a mere 38.5 percent from the floor compared to the Judges’ 50 percent. Carnegie Mellon also committed 20 turnovers while the Judges had only nine miscues.

Not much went right for the Tartans on Sunday against the Violets. The Tartans trailed the entire game and went into halftime down by 20 points.

The two teams played even basketball in the second half, but it was too little too late for the Tartans.
Carnegie Mellon trailed 8–0 before sophomore center Rob Pearson’s basket got the Tartans on the board. The Tartans trailed 42–22 at halftime and were unable to narrow the deficit to less than 16 points in the second half.
Einwag again led the Tartans with 12 points. Matta added nine points and nine rebounds in the loss. Kozak and sophomore guard Corey O’Rourke each had five assists.

The Tartans shot 34.5 percent from the floor while NYU shot 43.5 percent. NYU had the edge in the rebound department as well, collecting 51 rebounds while the Tartans reeled in 35.

“I’ve said it before, but you can’t fall behind on the road in the UAA,” Matta said.

The Tartans will return home this weekend to play Washington University on Friday at 8 p.m.