(MEADVILLE, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team traveled to Allegheny College for a matchup with the Gators on Wednesday, November 30. The Tartans improved to 4-2 with a 71-58 victory which dropped the Gators to 3-3.
The Tartans were led by senior Jack Serbin's (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) 22 points and 14 rebounds while junior Chris Shkil (Mentor, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Ryan Maha (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) finished with 13 points and hit two critical three pointers in the second half, as he finished with three made shots from behind the arc.
The Tartans held a 39-33 halftime advantage after closing the period with a 6-0 run. Shkil accounted for all six points with four free throws and a layup.
The lead was extended to 10 points, 49-39, with 11:50 to play following two made free throws by sophomore Seth Henry (Fulton, Md./Reservoir). The Gators poured on a 12-0 run over the next 2:48 to take their first lead since 2:51 to play in the first half.
After a three-pointer by Evan Zabriski gave the Gators a 54-53 lead with 5:36 to play, Maha drained a three of his own on the next play to return the lead back to the Tartans. That three-pointer by Maha sparked a 10-0 run that grew to 16-2 with less than two minutes to play, putting the game out of reach for a rally by the Gators.
The Tartans shot 43.4% from the floor while holding Allegheny to 31.3% and overcame 20 turnovers that led the 18 points for the Gators.
Carnegie Mellon will remain on the road for its next contest when it travels to Juniata College for a 7:00 p.m. tip on Monday, December 5.