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Tartans Drop First Contest of Season 87-77 at Penn State Behrend

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.

Tartans Stats

  • 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.

Game Notes

  • It was the third game this season that DeJardin has scored 20 or more points.

Up Next

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.