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Men’s basketball opens season with 65–70 loss to St. John Fisher

Sophomore John Duhring tries to dribble the ball past a St. John Fisher defender. The Tartans ended up losing by a margin of 5 points in their opening game, 65–70. (credit: Devin Beahm / Photo Staff) Sophomore John Duhring tries to dribble the ball past a St. John Fisher defender. The Tartans ended up losing by a margin of 5 points in their opening game, 65–70. (credit: Devin Beahm / Photo Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team hosted their first game on Sunday against St. John Fisher College, losing a close game 65–70. The starting line up consisted of senior co-captain Jack Anderson, juniors Matthew Pettit and Shane Rife, sophomore John Duhring, and first-year Christian Shepley.

Other players who contributed to the team were seniors Jon Wolleben and Dan Lavallee and first-year guard Andre Moore.
After the first half, the Tartans trailed St. John Fisher with a score of 27–39. The team fought back in the second half and caught up to the Cardinals with 8:38 left in the half, pushing the score to 49–48.

Unfortunately, the Tartans couldn’t hold off St. John Fisher and ended the game with a score of 65–70.

Rife led the team with 11 rebounds to go along with 17 points during his 36 minutes of play time. Pettit had 10 rebounds and Duhring raked in six. Duhring and Anderson each played 34 minutes of the game, with Pettit playing 33 and Shepley getting 27 minutes on the court. Duhring hit two of his 11 three-point shots and Anderson made two of six. Anderson also led the team with 20 points during the game.

The Cardinals gave up 12 turnovers during the game, while Carnegie Mellon only allowed seven.

Pettit observed during a pre-game discussion, “We’re all naturally excited for the game Sunday, being that it is the first game of the season. After two scrimmages, we have picked up on a lot of our mistakes and look to bring more intensity this week leading up to our game Sunday.”

Anderson also commented on the game, “I do believe that our team is prepared for our first game on Sunday. We have worked extremely hard in the preseason, and have played two good scrimmages so far. We are excited to officially start the season and to see our hard work begin to pay off.”

The Tartans hope their work pays off better next Friday and Saturday at the Wooster Tournament held in Ohio.
The Tartans will play at 8 p.m. on Friday against Wooster, and will play either Heidelberg or St. Thomas on Saturday at 6 p.m.