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Men’s basketball closes season

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team huddles up for the last time this season. Despite their best efforts, the Tartans fell to the Spartans 51–71. (credit: Devin Beahm/Photo Staff) The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team huddles up for the last time this season. Despite their best efforts, the Tartans fell to the Spartans 51–71. (credit: Devin Beahm/Photo Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team played its final match of the season on Saturday, falling to the Spartans of Case Western Reserve University 51–71.

The Tartans struggled through most of the season winning just one of their last 18 games. The Carnegie Mellon team ended the season 5–20 overall and just 1–13 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.

With the stands packed with men’s basketball alumni and parents, five seniors stepped on the court with high energy for their final game. The game was close early in the half, with each team going bucket-for-bucket. A jumper by junior Shane Rife put the Tartans within one of the Spartans with 13:48 remaining in the half. However, over the next eight minutes the Tartans were held to just one field goal as Case Western Reserve improved their lead to 30–14. As the teams headed into their locker rooms for the break the scoreboard read 37–19 in favor of the visitors.

Coach Anthony Wingen must have sparked a fire in the locker room, as the Tartans went on a 12–4 run to start the second half, pulling within 10 points of Case Western Reserve. The 10-point deficit was as close as the Tartans would come to taking the lead, as the Spartans pulled away for the rest of the game.

The Tartans shot just 31.1 percent from the floor compared to the Spartans’ 45 percent. The Tartans were also out -rebounded by the visiting team 45–34.
Senior Jack Anderson once again led the Tartans with 14 points, followed by sophomore John Duhring with 13 and Rife with 10.

While the Tartans struggled this season, it was not all bad for Anderson, who led the Tartans overall in three categories. Anderson posted 401 points for the season, 64 assists, and 24 steals.

“I had a great career at Carnegie Mellon,” Anderson said. “We had a lot of success over the years and there have been a lot of great players to come through this program.”