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Tartans Win 70-66 in Big Apple Over NYU

Tartans Win 70-66 in Big Apple Over NYU

From Carnegie Mellon University Athletics

The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team was back in action Sunday afternoon in New York against the Violets of New York University and came away with a 70-66 University Athletic Association (UAA) win. The Tartans move to 10-12 and 5-6 in UAA play while the Violets are now 7-15, 1-10.

Senior Seth Henry (Fulton, Md./Reservoir) led the way with 15 points while junior Trent Suddeth (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) finished with 11. Junior Cooper Williams (Meriden, N.H./Kimball Union Academy) ended with eight points and sophomore Joey Krempa (Linden, N.J.) chipped in with seven points and tied a career-best with four assists. Junior Colin McNeil (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) recorded a game-high six assists and score six points in the win.

Dom Cristiano led NYU with a game-high 23 points. Jimmy Martinelli scored 10.

NYU started the game on a 10-3 run and pushed its lead to 31-21 with 4:09 to play in the first half. Carnegie Mellon then held the Violets without a basket the remainder of the frame, as the visitors closed with an 18-2 run. During the scamper, the Cardinal and Gray connected on 6-of-8 from the floor and were perfect from behind the arc making all four attempts. The spurt started with a triple and an and-one by Krempa before Williams drained a trey of his own from the far corner of the hardwood.

Carnegie Mellon started the second half on an 8-2 run and led 47-35 with 15:16 to play. After a layup by Henry which made the score 49-38, NYU used a 12-3 run to cut the score to 52-50 at the halfway mark of the second half. Four straight foul shots by the Tartans pushed the lead to 56-50 a minute later. The Tartans led 65-57 with 4:45 to play and following a timeout by NYU, the Violets rattled off nine straight and took a 66-65 lead with 2:50 to play.

On the Tartans ensuing possession, junior Zach Howarth (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) put Carnegie Mellon back on top with a layup. The Cardinal and Gray forced an offensive foul by the Violets on the next transition which then led to a bucket by Suddeth to give Carnegie Mellon a 69-66 lead with 1:59 on the clock. The score remained the same until McNeil connected on a free throw with 8.1 seconds to seal the win.