Men’s basketball triumphs over Rochester 73–64

Credit: Jessica Sochol/Photo Staff Credit: Jessica Sochol/Photo Staff

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team was finally able to break a 14-game losing streak and take home their first University Athletic Association (UAA) victory. This weekend the Tartans hosted UAA opponents Emory University and the University of Rochester.

On Friday night, the Tartans took on the Emory Eagles, but fell 71–77 in the final minutes. With numerous lead changes in the first half, the teams battled for control of the game. The Eagles came out to a strong start, leading the Tartans 13–8 four minutes into the half, but the next four minutes belonged to the Tartans as they scored 11 unanswered points. With 9:08 remaining in the half, Carnegie Mellon took a 26–18 lead with junior Shane Rife scoring 10 of the 18 points. The Tartans’ lead did not last for long as Emory took control, outscoring the Tartans 24–8 during the last nine minutes to take a 42–34 lead heading into the half.

The Tartans came out of the break fired up, going on a 16–4 run to get within one point of the Eagles. The 53–52 score was as close as the Tartans’ would come as Emory slowly began to pull away. Back-to-back three-pointers for the Eagles kicked off their run as they went on to end the game 71–77.

Senior Jack Anderson led the Tartan’s offense to score 21 points, followed by Rife and junior Matt Pettit, who added 17 and 16 points, respectively. Pettit recorded his seventh double-double of the season, pulling in a game-high 11 rebounds.

On Sunday, the Tartans pulled out their first UAA victory defeating Rochester 73–64. The first half was a battle for the upper hand as neither team took more than a four-point lead during the first 20 minutes of play. Going into the break, the Yellowjackets held a 31–33 lead over the Tartans. A three-pointer by Anderson kicked off the second half and gave the Tartans the boost they needed to come away with the victory. With 15:47 to go in the half, the Yellowjackets took a 40–42 lead, but it was the last lead they would have for the rest of the game. The Tartans pulled away from Rochester, shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line.

Anderson once again led the Tartans with 16 points ,followed by Rife with 14 and sophomore John Duhring with 13.

“It was great to finally break this streak and win our first UAA game,” Anderson said. “We’ve put a lot of work into this season and it’s about time that we execute.”

The Tartans are back in action next weekend as they head to the University of Chicago on Friday and Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday.