Mens’ basketball ends season with win over Violets

The Tartans went 1–1 in its final home weekend game against Brandeis University and New York University. This brings their overall record to 5–17 and 2–9 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference.

Friday night, the Tartans battled the Judges of Brandeis University in the Skibo gym. The Tartans came out a little sluggish at the beginning of the game when Brandeis took a 9–2 lead within the first three minutes of play.

As the game continued and the home team got settled, the Tartans were able to work their way back into the game and cut the deficit to one point after junior guard Asad Meghani hit a three pointer to reflect a scoreboard of 16–15 with 13 minutes to go in the first half.

Just after the 10-minute mark, the Tartans scored seven straight points to take the lead for the rest of the half. As the game progressed, the Tartans continued to pull away with great offense, leading to more three pointers from Meghani and senior guard Andre Moore.

The Tartans led by 12 with just over three minutes left to play in the game when Brandeis went on an 18–4 run to regain the lead and eventually win the game with a final score of 73–68.

The Tartans played their last home game Sunday afternoon, defeating the Violets of New York University. At the sound of the first buzzer the Tartans maintained a narrow lead until four minutes into the second half when sophomore Jasen Blakney finished a layup to take his team’s lead to nine points.

Soon after the layup, the Violets made an 11–2 run to tie the game with 10 minutes to go. The game stayed very close with a 56–55 lead for the Tartans with 26 seconds left in the game and a final possession for the Violets. With the clock running down, and the ball in the hands of a Violet forward right underneath the basket, junior forward Sean Brophy stole the ball just before the clock ran out and secured the win for the Tartans. After reflecting on his last home game as a Tartan, Moore said, “It’s kind of bittersweet knowing that was my last game at Skibo. Even though I wasn’t hitting shots, my teammates stepped up and I can’t thank them enough for sending me out on a win.” Moore is the Tartans’ only senior this year.

On Friday, the Tartans will travel to Rochester to face the University of Rochester Yellowjackets.