Men’s basketball falls at home

No. 5 sophomore Rashaun Riley leads the team at last Friday’s game. (credit: File Photo by Tommy Hofman) No. 5 sophomore Rashaun Riley leads the team at last Friday’s game. (credit: File Photo by Tommy Hofman)

Last Friday, the Tartans hosted the New York University Violets in a rematch of their game last month.

The Tartans had previously defeated the Violets 70–68, with dominant performances by sophomore guards Asad Meghani and Rashaun Riley and senior forward John Duhring.

But this week, the Violets came to Pittsburgh for vengeance.

After 12 minutes of neck-and-neck basketball, the Violets exploded on a 10–1 run, as the Tartans’ defense struggled to halt the Violets’ offense. Sophomore forward Christian Manoli shot a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half, which cut the score to 37–31, but he was relatively quiet during the rest of the night and fouled out later in the game.

Riley led the Tartans with 21 points and Duhring added 16 of his own, but the team still exhibited an inability to effectively run the offense and get openings consistently. In addition to the Violets’ 63 percent shooting, the Tartans could only muster 42 percent shooting during the game.

Behind Riley’s offense, the Tartans tied the game with 49 points six minutes into the second half, but another dominant run by the Violets buried the Tartans for good. After that 12–0 run, the Tartans never got closer than eight points, ending with a final score of 88–76 for the Violets.

In order for the Tartans to end this season with a string of conference victories, they need to clean up their offensive execution.

Despite the defeat, there was a significant amount of fans in attendance. “It was a great Friday night atmosphere, with so many students cheering on both our men and women’s teams. It is always good when the players have [that] kind of support,” said Josh Centor, the Tartan’s assistant director of athletics.

The men’s basketball team played the Brandeis University Judges yesterday in Skibo Gymnasium. The game ended in another defeat for the Tartans, as the Judges scored a shot at the buzzer in overtime that gave them the 77–76 win.

After back-to-back clutch baskets by Duhring and free throws by sophomore guard Sean Brophy, the Tartans were up three points during overtime. After two missed free throws by the Tartans, the Judges scored a basket that broke the hearts of Carnegie Mellon fans. Brandeis’ senior guard Tyrone Hughes hit a shot against Meghani’s defense.

“Our guys played tremendously hard. We battled back and put ourselves in a positon to win. Unfortunately things didn’t go our way at the end,” Centor said.
Duhring led the Tartans in this game with 21 points, but it was senior forward Joe Kromka whose clutch play sent the game into overtime. After two free throws tied the game in the fourth quarter, Kromka blocked a shot that prevented the Judges from winning the game during regulation time. Manoli and Meghani added 17 and 13 points, respectively.

On Friday, the Tartans will play an away game against Washington University in St. Louis, who is leading the University Athletics Association conference.