Tartans Defeat Penn State New Kensington in Opening Round of DoubleTree Invitational

Tartans Defeat Penn State New Kensington in Opening Round of DoubleTree Invitational

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team defeated Penn State New Kensington 81-59 on the first day of the Carnegie Mellon/DoubleTree Invitational held in Skibo Gymnasium Saturday, November 29.  The win improves the Tartans' record to 6-0 on the season while the Lions move to 1-2.

Early in the first half, Carnegie Mellon's senior Seth Cordts (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) scored five consecutive points to give the home team a 14-12 lead, one they never relinquished the rest of the game.  Cordts' five straight started a 17-2 Tartan run which put the Cardinal and Gray on top 26-14 with 8:37 to play in the first stanza.  Carnegie Mellon stayed in control the rest of the half, and pushed its lead to 35-20 on a transition three-pointer by sophomore Matt Hillman (Gaithersburg, Md./Sidwell Friends) from freshman Ryan Maha (West Mifflin, Pa.) before taking a 37-22 lead into the break.

The Tartans defense played a huge factor in the first twenty minutes, as they held New Kensington without a field goal for a 10 minute stretch while the Lion shot 18.2% from the floor to the Tartans 37.9%.

A three-point bucket by sophomore Jack Serbin (New Albany, Ohio) to start the second half gave the Tartans an 18-point lead, but the Lions answered with seven straight to cut the lead to 40-29 with 17 minutes to play.  That was as close as New Kensington got as the Tartans answered with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes.  Sophomore James Ormond's (Piedmont, Calif.) jumper with three minutes remaining in the game gave the home team its largest lead of the contest at 77-54.

Carnegie Mellon shot 51.5% from the floor in the second half to finish the game shooting 45.2%, as the Tartans have now shot 45% or better in each of their first six games.  New Kensington ended the game shooting 31.7%.  The Tartans held the edge on the glass 49-36.

Eleven players scored for Carnegie Mellon with Cordts leading the way with a game-high 19 points.  Serbin finished with 13 while junior Kemal Dincer (Istanbul, Turkey/Texas Christian University) chipped in with a career-best 12.  Sophomore Chris Shkil (Mentor, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) led all players with a career-high 11 rebounds while adding a career-best four blocks in the win.  Hillman finished the game dishing out a career-best six assists.

New Kensington was led by Dorian Broadwater's 17 points while Shaquille Hager and Jordan Williams each added 15.

The first contest of the day saw University Athletic Association foe Case Western Reserve University defeat Penn State Beaver 107-93.  The second day of the DoubleTree Invitational will continue Sunday, November 30, as Case Western Reserve will play Penn State New Kensington at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Tartans and Penn State Beaver at 3:00 p.m.