Men’s basketball struggles with UAA teams

The Tartan men’s basketball team had a rough week, going 0–2 in its games. Its first game was at home against the University of Chicago Maroons on Sunday, Feb. 6.
It was a game of lead changes, but the Tartans ultimately lost to the Maroons 79–71 after starting out 24–10. Chicago then hit the Tartans with a 17–3 run over the next eight minutes to pull within three.

The Maroons managed another run, this one 10–0, to take a 39–34 lead at halftime.

Whatever Chicago’s coach Mike McGrath said at halftime worked, because the Maroons were hot after the break. But the Tartans kept fighting back. With a 50–42 Maroons lead, Carnegie Mellon went on a 9–0 run to take a one-point lead.

Over the next seven minutes there were five lead changes. After the Tartans led 61–59 with six minutes in the game, the Maroons scored seven straight, and they did not relinquish the lead after that.

The Tartans outshot the Maroons 46.3 percent to 41.0 percent and connected on eight out of 20 threes, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a victory.

Senior Matthew Pettit led the Tartans with 19 points, and first-year Christian Manoli added 15.

The second game of the week for Carnegie Mellon was against Brandeis University on Friday, in Waltham, Mass.

This Tartans’ loss was a product of poor shooting. Carnegie Mellon shot just 37.9 percent from the field in the contest.

The Judges started the game with a 16–9 lead and were hot throughout the first half, shooting 60 percent. They led by double digits through most of the half, taking a 44–28 lead on the Tartans into halftime.

Brandeis scored the first four points, after the half before a 10–2 run by the Tartans cut the lead to 12. Pettit pulled the Tartans within 10, but they did not get closer than that.

The next three minutes consisted of a Judges’ 9–2 run, leading to the 80–63 victory.

Pettit led the Tartans again in scoring, putting 14 points in, and senior Shane Rife had 13 points of his own.

The low shooting percentage has been key in many of the Tartans’ losses this season, with the game against Chicago being an exception. Whether the poor shooting against Brandeis was a product of the Tartans not running the offense effectively or simply missing shots, the Tartans needed to make shots to beat an elite team like the Judges.

Carnegie Mellon played the New York University Violets on Sunday, in New York.