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Stone's Career Day Helps Tartans Take Down #4 NYU, 82-77

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(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team took down its second opponent in three games ranked in the top five by with an 82-77 victory against fourth-ranked New York University on Sunday, January 14 in Wiegand Gymnasium. The Tartans are now 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) while NYU is 11-3 and 1-2.

How it Happened

  • Sophomore Jonathan Milloway scored seven straight points for the Tartans beginning with a three-pointer to start a 10-2 run that gave the home squad their first lead of the day.
  • A layup and free throw by senior Jack Stone following his own steal closed that 10-2 run after 8:18 seconds of action in the first half.
  • Stone gave the Tartans the lead four different times in the first half as the teams traded points over the last 11 minutes of the period.
  • A three-pointer by NYU's Michael Savarino was the last bucket of the half with 32 seconds to play and broke a 36-36 tie.
  • There were eight lead changes and four ties during the half with NYU leading by as many as six points and the Tartans by two.
  • Stone led all players at the break with 14 points off the bench in just more than 12 minutes of action.
  • Senior R.J. Holmes grabbed 10 rebounds in the half as the Tartans out-rebounded the Violets 21-16 with five offensive boards leading to four second-chance points.
  • The Tartans scored the first four points of the second period to take a one-point lead before NYU answered with a trio of free throws and led by as many as six points twice before the Tartans took the lead again with a 7-0 run to lead by one with 10:32 to go.
  • The lead would again change hands six times before the Tartans took a 67-65 lead with 5:12 to play following a pair of foul shots by junior Nolan Casey.
  • A driving layup by sophomore Justin Allen gave the Tartans a four-point advantage with just under a minute to play but that lead shrunk to one when Zay Freeney hit a corner three-pointer on the next possession.
  • Allen answered again when he flashed to the hoop for a pass from Casey and a layup to put the Tartans ahead by three with 24 seconds to go.
  • Allen's defense on Spencer Freedman led to an NYU turnover as Holmes tipped the pass with sophomore Buckley DeJardin grabbing it and the Tartans called timeout.
  • Stone was fouled on the inbounds pass and made one of two from the line to extend the lead to four.
  • After a three-pointer by Freeney from the top of the key bounced on the top of the rim and down through the hoop, the Violets trailed by one with five seconds to play.
  • Stone would again get fouled on the inbounds play and drained both shots with three seconds left.
  • The Violets' pass up court went out of play and Stone sealed the victory with another pair of foul shots.

Tartan Stats

  • Stone finished with a career-high 32 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc, while he hit 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
  • Allen and DeJardin chipped in 12 points a piece while Milloway finished with nine.
  • Holmes grabbed a total of 15 rebounds to lead the Tartans to a +13 rebounding advantage in the game.
  • Holmes and Casey each dished out three assists.
  • The Tartans finished the game shooting 46.2% from the floor.

Violet Stats

  • Freeney led with 27 points nearly matching Stone with eight field goals, four three-pointers, and seven free throws.
  • Savarino finished with 15 points and Quinn Clark scored nine.
  • The team shot 45.0% from the floor.

Game Notes

  • There were 17 lead changes in the game.
  • The Tartans have now won the last two games in Pittsburgh between the schools.
  • The win for Carnegie Mellon is the third straight win over a top-five opponent and the Tartans second over a top-five team in the last three games played this season.

Up Next

  • The Tartans will travel to the University of Rochester on Friday, January 19 for a 7:30 p.m. game.