Men’s basketball tops Emory Eagles
After several close games that ended in defeat, the Tartans finally pulled out a clutch victory against the favored Emory University Eagles on Friday. With the final seconds of the game ticking away, sophomore guard Sean Brophy hit a game-winning three-point shot. The game was tied at 79 points, but Brophy’s shot gave the Tartans a 82–79 lead and the victory with 0.6 seconds left.
The Tartans have lost three close games since Jan. 15, but they finally exhibited composure in the clutch.
“We focused on not beating ourselves. In late game situations, we emphasized knowing the situations, being careful with the ball, and not always taking the first option on offense,” said sophomore guard Rashaun Riley.
Senior forward Joe Kromka led the way with 18 points. Sophomore forward Christian Manoli and senior John Duhring put together solid stat lines. Manoli put in 17 points and four assists while Duhring added 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
But Brophy’s only field goal of the game was the biggest for the underdog Tartans.
“They made their free throw and Coach decided not to call a timeout,” said sophomore guard Marshall Massengale, who has been on the injured list for the last two weeks recovering from a concussion. “Christian got the ball, drove to the left side. He drew two defenders and kicked it out to Sean. The rest was history.”
The Tartans’ shooting was excellent, hitting 48.4 percent from the field and 50 percent of their threes. Additionally, they hit 93.8 percent from the free-throw line, clobbering the Eagles’ 59.1 percent mark.
On Sunday, the Tartans faced another conference foe, the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. Despite digging out of a 14-point gap, the Tartans could not pull a victory, losing 81–74.
Just past the halfway mark of the second half, the Tartans were down 52–38. Coach Tony Wingen then called for a full-court press, which stifled the Yellowjackets, and the Tartans made their run.
“We were consistent with our press defense. We also tried to give as many ball screens as possible and run pick and rolls for our big men,” Riley said.
The constant attack in the paint opened up the floor for Carnegie Mellon, and a three by Riley tied the game with 6:52 left.
The Tartans were up by as many as five points, after a three by junior guard Andre Moore and a floater by Riley. But late-game turnovers did not help, as the Yellowjackets regained the lead and held on for the win.
Riley led the way with 18 points on seven-out-of-nine shooting. Brophy had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Tartans put together a solid team-scoring effort, with seven players scoring six or more, shooting 53.2 percent as a team.
Their play this past weekend brings the Tartans to 8–16 for the season, and 3–10 in University Athletic Association play.