Men’s basketball misses a win over the Maroons, losing 63–74

The men’s basketball team hit the road on Friday to play at the University of Chicago for the second time in its University Athletic Association (UAA) season. The Tartans were unable to top the Maroons, losing 63–74. Carnegie Mellon is now 5–15 overall and 1–11 in the UAA.

Chicago took the early lead, 8–2, within the first two minutes of the game, but the Tartans stepped up their defense to hold Chicago to one field goal over the next 11:30. The Tartans tied the score at 14–14.

Carnegie Mellon took a 26–21 lead after sophomore guard John Duhring scored a transition basket off an assist from junior forward Shane Rife. The Tartans then took their largest lead, 29–23, when Rife hit a three-pointer from the top of the key. Chicago answered back with a halftime buzzer-beater, ending the half with only a one-point Tartan lead, 29–28.

Chicago stole Carnegie Mellon’s lead with 16:32 left to play, but the Tartans sank 10 straight points to take back the lead, 44–36, with 14:35 left. Senior forward Jon Wolleben added six points during the run. Carnegie Mellon then extended its lead to 52–40, but could not hold off a 13–0 run by the Maroons. Chicago took the lead, 53–52. Rife then tied the score at 53–53 with a free throw, but Chicago was went on another run to make the score 53–59.

Chicago was able to hold off the remaining Carnegie Mellon efforts to take a 74–63 victory. Rife scored a season-high 20 points, senior guard Jack Anderson added 17, and Wolleben tallied 10.

The Tartans also played on Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. Check online at [SLANT12][SLANT12] for more details regarding the game. The Tartans will play Case Western on Feb. 27, at home in Skibo Gym.