Men’s basketball drops nail-biter

Senior forward Joe Kromka (No. 23) led the Tartans in rebounding. (credit: File photo by Tommy Hofman) Senior forward Joe Kromka (No. 23) led the Tartans in rebounding. (credit: File photo by Tommy Hofman)

In another battle that came down to the final seconds, the men’s basketball team came up short on Friday, losing to the University of Chicago Maroons 77–75.This was the second game that the Tartans lost by two points or fewer, and the third out of the last five games.

Despite missing a shot at the end of the game, sophomore guard Asad Meghani played well in crunch time, hitting two three-pointers in the last 30 seconds of overtime. Meghani finished the game with a career-high 21 points, and senior guard John Duhring poured in 24 points, tying his career high.

The Tartans’ defense held firm in this match; although they allowed the Maroons to shoot 47 percent, they were able to force two missed shots at the end of regulation time to send the game into overtime.

During the overtime, the Tartans were down by five points before Meghani’s two three-point shots brought Carnegie Mellon within one point of the Maroons. A Maroons’ free throw secured a two-point lead.

Then the Tartans’ coach Tony Wingen called upon Meghani to take the potentially game-winning shot, but his three-pointer fell short as the clock expired.

The Tartans shot over 40 percent from the field and 70 percent from the charity stripe, which is usually a recipe for success, but proved to be useless against the Maroons.

The Tartans’ game against the Washington University in St. Louis Bears yesterday was similar to their game against the University of Chicago. Carnegie Mellon shot 47 percent from the field, including 42 percent from the three-point line. However, their defense allowed the Bears to shoot 53 percent.

Duhring, who scored 23 points, was the catalyst of the Tartans’ offense. When Carnegie Mellon needed to make a run in the second half, down 60–52, Duhring led a 7–0 run by scoring five of the seven points. Additionally, his late-game layup brought the score within three points (73–70) with five minutes to go, but the Tartans could not prevent the Bears’ 10–2 run.

Junior guard Andre Moore poured in 16 points, Meghani added 15 points, and sophomore forward Christian Manoli racked up 10 points and eight assists, a career high. In the end, the Tartans fell 88–79 to the Bears.

The Tartans will return home to face Emory University at 8 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium on Friday.