March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon

Mar. 6 – (CLEVELAND, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University men’s basketball team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio Friday, March 6 to play SUNY Brockport in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament held at John Carroll University.  The Tartans needed ten extra minutes to claim their first NCAA Division III Tournament victory in school history, beating the Golden Eagles 75-70 in double overtime.  The win moves the Tartans record to 20-6 tying the mark for most wins in a season, while Brockport ends its season with a 14-15 record.

Carnegie Mellon took an early 4-0 lead, but over the next 56 seconds Brockport rattled off seven unanswered points to take a 7-4 advantage with 15:51 to play in the half.  The Tartans regained the lead 10-9 as senior Rob Pearson (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) connected on a lay-up.  The Tartans maintained control, taking their biggest lead of the half with eight minutes to play in the first stanza, 17-12.

Brockport went on a 9-2 scamper over the next four minutes to take a two point a advantage at the 3:56 mark.  Over the last 3:56 of the half, there were three lead changes and two ties. The last tie coming as time expired in the first half when Golden Eagles senior Ian Mack hit a jumper making the score 25-25 as the teams headed into the break.  

Seniors Ryan Einwag (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and Corey O’Rourke (Merion, Pa./St. Joe Prep) led the Tartans after the first twenty minutes with six points apiece.  Senior Eamon Kays led Brockport with seven points as they also got six points each from Mack and senior Mychal Wilkes.

The Golden Eagles started the second half 1-of-11 from the field which allowed the Tartans to gain a six point advantage, 33-27, at the 15:08 mark.  Sophomore Shane Rife (Mercersburg, Pa./James Buchanan) scored seven of the Cardinal and Gray’s first eight points of the half, ending with the traditional three-point play to give Carnegie Mellon the six point lead.

The Tartans six point lead quickly went away, as Brockport scored 10 of the next 13 points to take its first lead of the second half (37-36) with 10:10 to play in regulation.  With the Tartans trailing 39-38, Einwag drained a trey from the top of the arc giving Carnegie Mellon a two-point lead, one they would never lose until the closing second of the game.  

With ten seconds left on the clock senior Joe Clarke went to the charity stripe for a pair of foul shots for Brockport.  The senior made both shots giving the Golden Eagles a 56-55 lead.  On the ensuing possession, senior Terrance Bouldin-Johnson (Tukwila, Wash./O’Dea) was fouled and went to the line for a pair of foul shots.  After missing the first, the senior connected on the second to send the game into overtime.

The Tartans held a 63-60 lead with 1:03 to play in the first overtime after two foul shots by Bouldin-Johnson. Golden Eagles senior Josh Zenkel hit a three-point basket from the corner to knot the score at 63-63 and send the contest into double overtime.

Carnegie Mellon came out in the second overtime and went on an 8-0 run taking a 71-63 lead with 2:49 to play.  The Golden Eagles scored the next five points to cut the deficit to three with 1:57 on the clock.  The score remained 71-68 until Einwag connected on a pair of foul shots with 13.8 seconds extending the Tartans lead to 73-68.  After a made lay-up by the Golden Eagles, O’Rourke hit two foul shots to seal the Tartan victory.

Carnegie Mellon shot 46% from the floor, while Brockport went shot 33%.  The Tartans out rebounded the Golden Eagles 47-40.  

Junior Jack Anderson (Beaver Falls, Pa.) led five Tartans in double figures with a game-high 15 points.  Einwag finished with 14 points while O’Rourke, Bouldin-Johnson and Rife all added 12 in the win.  O’Rourke and Bouldin-Johnson led the charge with eight boards apiece.  

Kays led the Golden Eagles with 15 followed by 14 from Mack and a12 by Wilkes.

Carnegie Mellon will face host John Carroll Saturday, March 7 in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Tip is slated for 7:00 p.m.