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Men’s basketball can’t find winning formula

First-year Jason Sebak is playing 15 minutes a game, getting quality experience in his first season. (credit: Kate Groschner/) First-year Jason Sebak is playing 15 minutes a game, getting quality experience in his first season. (credit: Kate Groschner/)

The Tartans were defeated by the Juniata College Eagles and the Adrian College Bulldogs this week, leaving their record 1–6.

Carnegie Mellon played the Eagles Tuesday in a constant battle for the lead. After the first four minutes of the game, the Tartans lagged behind in scoring, until senior guard Andre Moore was fouled a 15-foot fade-away jumper which he was able to connect on. This shot tied the game with less than a second to go. He missed the and-one attempt at the free-throw line, though, and the Tartans played an additional five minutes in overtime.

The Tartans were unable to score until there was 1:58 left on the clock after the Eagles went on an 8–0 run, which was ended by junior forward Rob Mohen’s jump shot.

Due to their intense defense, the Tartans were able to cut the Eagles’ lead down to six, but they fell short of the win with a final score of 76–70.

Four of the Tartans finished with double-digit points: Junior forward Sean Brophy had 10 while sophomore forward Matt Loebakka, Moore, and Mohen finished with 12 points each.

After their loss to Juniata, the Tartans faced the undefeated Adrian College.

The lead went back and forth until the 11-minute mark when the Bulldogs went on a 10–0 run. The Bulldogs’ run stopped short when first-year Blake Chasen made a jump shot off of senior guard Asad Meghani’s assist.

The first half ended with the Tartans trailing by eight.

The second half was a tough one for the Tartans. Adrian College players were able to increase their lead by 29 points with five minutes left of play.

The Tartans and their defense were able to decrease the deficit to 10 but were not able to achieve the win, with a final score of 62–51.

The Tartans’ next opponent is Catholic College, which they will play at home at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“We made the stops on defense that we needed to in the first half, but our own shots were not falling,” sophomore guard Seth Cordts said. “We have been preparing by focusing on the little things so that when the Catholic comes we will be shooting better and have better ball control.”