Men's basketball splits at Wooster tournament

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s basketball team traveled to Wooster, Ohio, to compete in the College of Wooster’s Al Van Wie/Rotary Tournament. The Tartans lost their game on Friday to Wooster 74–61 before pulling out a 72–65 win against Heidelberg College on Saturday. The Tartans’ record is now 1–2.

Trailing for the first half against Wooster, sophomore Joe Kromka played well as he hit a jumper with 1:05 on the clock. During the second half, the Tartans went on a seven-point run to try to catch up with 12:30 to play, but Wooster responded with a seven-point run as well. The Tartans fought back at the end of the game, but Wooster was able to hold fast for the 13-point win.

Tartan senior Jack Anderson contributed to the game, raking in 21 points, along with senior Jon Wolleben and sophomore John Duhring, each adding 10 points to the score.

First-year guard Christian Shepley, who played 24 minutes during the game, was disappointed with the loss against Wooster: “Unfortunately our team just made too many mistakes in the beginning of the game to be able to catch back up to Wooster and give ourselves a chance to win,” he said.

On Saturday, the men’s team competed in the consolation game of the tournament again Heidelberg College. Junior Matt Pettit played a great game with a career-high 28 points to the team, leading the Tartans to the 72–65 win. Carnegie Mellon trailed Heidelberg after the first half, 29–34, but the Tartans were able to gain momentum during the second half and took a 44–43 lead with 14:09 on the clock on Pettit’s layup. The Tartans and Heidelberg volleyed with the lead, tying the score four times during the second half. Pettit also raked in a team-high 11 rebounds. Anderson also recorded a double-double for the men’s team, earning 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Pettit commented on the game yesterday, saying, “It felt good to contribute to our team’s win. I was definitely able to feed off our team’s intensity in the second half and capitalize on it. However, this is just the beginning for us: We will continue to get better as a team.”

The Tartans return home with their 19th annual Radisson Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday with tip-off at 3 p.m. The Tartans will then play against either Hood College or Manhattanville College at 3 p.m. on Sunday.