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Men's basketball edged by Tartans in season opener

(Posted November 15, 2010)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Juniata College men's basketball held its lead against non-conference opponent Carnegie Melon University for all but the last two minutes of the game, falling to the Tartans 65-61, Monday in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dan Sekulski (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone Area) paced the Eagles offense with an impressive double figures tally of 24 points, connecting on 11 of 16 field goal attempts.

Alex Raymond (Holidaysburg, Pa./Mansfield) and Austin Ankney (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) each recorded eight points. Raymond was 1-of-5 outside the 3-point circle while Ankney connected on 3-of-4 shot attempts. Raymond also led the Eagles for rebounds with seven while Ankney grabbed five.

At the end of the first half Juniata held the lead by three points, 35-32. The second half remained a neck and neck battle until the end.

In the final two minutes, Carnegie Melon's Christian Manoli and Sean Brophy each put up two good free throws. Shane Rife put the Tartans in the lead for the first time, 62-61, with a layup with 1:13 left. Juniata turned the ball over twice in the last two minutes.

The Eagles committed 22 turnovers compared to 14 by the Tartans. The Eagles shot 51% from the floor, hitting four three-pointers. The Tartan's made 32.8% of their shots, while out-rebounding the Eagles 40-32.

Carnegie Melon had three players score in the double digits. Manoli lead the offense with 14 points while John Duhring and Matthew Pettit each tallied 13. Rife and Manoli topped the Tartan's with eight rebounds each.

Juniata returns home for the annual Doc Greene Tournament this weekend. The Eagles will host Penn State Mont Alto at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19th, and will face either Salisbury University or Montclair State in Saturday action.

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