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Men's basketball suffers loss vs. Allegheny College

Sophomore guard Zach Howarth led the team in scoring with 18 points in the loss against the Gators. (credit: Mel Kerber/Staffwriter) Sophomore guard Zach Howarth led the team in scoring with 18 points in the loss against the Gators. (credit: Mel Kerber/Staffwriter)

The men’s basketball team faced off against Allegheny College on Wednesday, Nov. 29, falling to the Gators 78–63. The Tartans’ record is now 3–2.

The Tartans struck first with a three-pointer by senior guard Ryan Maha. The teams traded baskets for the opening minutes of the game, with neither team dominating play. The Tartans went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead of the Gators 16–9. With seven minutes left to play in the half, sophomore guard Zach Howarth sunk a three-point shot to increase the Tartans’ lead to 27–17. However, the Gators slowly inched their way back, cutting the lead and tying the score at 31. They took the lead with three minutes left to play in the half, and led the Tartans 41–36 at the half.

Coming out of the half, the Tartans looked to find some of the momentum they had at the start of the game, but the Gators scored first to extend their lead. Down seven points, junior forward and center Patrick Ehland scored five straight points to cut the lead to two. In response, the Gators went on a 19–4 run over the next nine minutes of play to make the score 67–50. The Gators maintained their lead for the rest of the game, winning 78–63.

The Tartans committed fewer turnovers (10 to Allegheny’s 15) and scored more points off of turnovers (13 to 10), but shot only 37.1 percent from the field (compared to Allegheny’s 50.8 percent) and only scored 12 points off the bench (to Allegheny’s 25 points). Howarth led the team with 18 points, his season best. Ehland scored 14 points, 11 in the second half, and added seven rebounds.

The Tartans will next host the Juniata College Eagles on Monday, Dec. 4. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Skibo Gymnasium.