Tartans Drop First Contest of Season 87-77 at Penn State Behrend
(ERIE, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon men's basketball team dropped a road contest at Penn State Behrend, 87-77, on Saturday.
How It Happened
- The Tartans jumped on the scoreboard early with a three-pointer made by sophomore Buckley DeJardin 45 seconds into the game, assisted by junior Aidan Booher.
- After a strong opening from the Tartans, including a dunk made by junior Jonathan Milloway, the Lions took the lead with a three-pointer by Matthew McDonough. This would lead to a string of back-and-forth basketball between the teams before the Lions ended the first half with a three-pointer by Mason Blankenberg, making the score 39-25 at the break.
- With the score knotted at 47-all four minutes into the second half, Behrend scored six straight points and took a 53-lead.
- Behrend maintained its lead throughout the rest of the second half, as the closest the Tartans pulled was 74-72 with 2:24 left off a triple by Dejardin, but the lions converted 8-of-9 from the lone down the stretch and went on for the win.
- The Tartans finished the contests shooting 49.1% (26-53) from the floor.
- The Tartans collected a total of 41 rebounds, 30 being defensive.
- DeJardin led for the Tartans in double figures with 20 points after converting 5-8 from the floor. Sophomore Justin Allen followed behind with 15 points.
- Milloway ended with a career-high 14 points in the setback.
- Junior Nolan Casey led defensively, collecting a career-high eight rebounds and added a steal.
- Booher collected three assists.
The Lions Stats
- The Lions finished the contest shooting 46.7% (28-60).
- Tommy DiRienzo led the Lions with 26 points.
- RJ Marsh collected a double-double for Behrend, scoring 18 points and collecting a team best of 11 rebounds.
- Matt Niland handed out four assists.
- It was the third game this season that DeJardin has scored 20 or more points.
Carnegie Mellon returns to the hardwood on Monday, November 20 with a 7:00 p.m. tip at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.