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Men’s basketball loses tough game 58–59 to New York, falls to Brandeis 43–62

Junior forward Matthew Pettit pushed his way past a Violets defender in an effort to score. Pettit helped lead the Tartans against Brandeis with 13 points during the game. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff ) Junior forward Matthew Pettit pushed his way past a Violets defender in an effort to score. Pettit helped lead the Tartans against Brandeis with 13 points during the game. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff )

Over the weekend, the Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team hosted two University Athletic Association rivals: New York University and Brandeis University. With just five games remaining in the season, the Tartans were unable to overcome a 13-game losing streak.

On Friday, the Tartans tipped off against the Violets of New York University hungry for a win, after losing to the Violets in the last minute of play in their previous matchup. The Tartans were off to a great start, taking a 10–4 lead early in the half, but eventually fell to their opponents 58–59.

After the Tartans’ early lead, the Violets battled back and challenged the Tartans, but a three-pointer by sophomore John Duhring kept the Tartans on top. Senior Jack Anderson closed the half going 4–4 and giving the Tartans a 31–25 lead.

Determined to put two solid halves together, the Tartans came out hot after the break, going on a 13–4 streak and increasing their lead to 15. Despite the opposing momentum, the Violets did not roll over for the Tartans, and instead went on an 18-point run in four minutes to take a 47–44 lead. The Tartans stayed in the game and regained a 58–55 lead with just 1:41 remaining in the game.

Four missed free throws signaled the demise for the Tartans as they threw away four chances to win the game. After the fourth missed free throw, the Tartans committed their seventh foul of the game, sending the Violets to the line. The Violets converted on both free throws to take a 59–58 lead and were able to hold off the Tartans for the remaining 16 seconds.

Anderson led the Tartans with 22 points while senior Jon Wolleben added 11. Duhring and junior Matt Pettit led the boards-grabbing with eight apiece.
On Sunday the Tartans were unable to rally the troops and fell 62–43 to Brandeis University. The loss moved the Tartans to 4–16 overall and 0–9 in league play.

The cold weather must have gotten to the players, as both teams were unable to sink a shot in the first four minutes of play. The Tartans finally got on the board with a layup by Pettit but the Judges warmed up and took control of the game. After the first period of play, the Judges led the Tartans 29–22.

Brandeis maintained consistent play through the second half, giving the Tartans their ninth league defeat. The Tartans shot 30 percent from the field and only 50 percent from the line.

Pettit and Duhring led the Tartans’ offense with 13 points apiece.

“The rest of the season is going to be about pride,” said Wolleben after the loss. “We have struggled this season and we really need to figure things out so we can finish the season with a few wins under our belt.”

The Tartans are back in action next weekend as they host Emory University and Rochester University.