Tartans send seniors off with Case Western victory

Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s basketball team ended its season on a high note with a big 72–63 win against their University Athletic Association (UAA) rivals, the Case Western Reserve University Spartans. The Tartans finish the season going 7–18 and 3–11 in conference play. After the Spartans’ loss, they finished with a 12–13 record, going 6–8 in conference.

The Tartans had three different players rack up double-figure points, thanks to sophomore Zach Howarth with 18, junior Patrick Ehland with 12, and junior Seth Henry with 10 points. Senior Ryan Maha drained three buckets from beyond the arc to rack up 9 points, helping him end his career ranked fourth on the all-time-three-pointers made list with 183. Maha also had four rebounds in his final game as a Tartan.

Carnegie Mellon built a sizeable lead in the first half, 30–11, after three consecutive three pointers, two from Maha and one from Howarth. The Tartans managed to control play through the remainder of the second half, at one point going up 40–19 with a minute left after a layup by Henry. The Spartans did manage to respond, however, on a jumper to make the score 40–21 at the half.

The Tartans held onto control of the game for the beginning of the second half, building a lead of 58–43 up at the 11-minute mark, but the Spartans bounced back and played some strong defense. The Spartans held the Tartans to just one field goal for 10:31 seconds, managing to shrink the Tartans’ lead to just four points, at 63–59. Howarth and the Tartans responded in kind, however, when he dropped in a layup with just 43 seconds remaining to cap off a run of seven straight points by the home team. The Tartans held onto that lead for the rest of the game, finishing off the Spartans with the final score of 72–59.

The Tartans went 27 for 67 against the Spartans, with a 40.3 shooting percentage from the field. They held the Spartans to 32.4 percent from field goal range and controlled the ball well in the paint, scoring 34 points up close at the post. They also recorded more assists and less turnovers. The Spartans maintained control of the boards, where they out-rebounded the Tartans 54–40. The Tartans received support from their bench players, who scored 31 of Carnegie Mellon’s 72 points in the victory. Nine different players recorded points in the game.

The Tartans end a lackluster season with a win and will look to bounce back next season. Good luck to the team and thanks to the seniors, Ryan Maha and Thomas Cook, for all they put into the Carnegie Mellon basketball team.