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          Seasons end with wins at Carnegie Mellon

          Men's basketball finishes with best record since 1999

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Sports
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          Senior Bryan Erce, one of the Spartans' two seniors, scored 8 points in Saturday's win over Carnegie Mellon. Erce was named a second-team All-UAA selection.
          Senior Bryan Erce, one of the Spartans' two seniors, scored 8 points in Saturday's win over Carnegie Mellon. Erce was named a second-team All-UAA selection.
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          Last Saturday wrapped up another season for the men's basketball team. A 71-51 drubbing of UAA rival Carnegie Mellon University put the Spartans at 14-11 on the season and 6-8 in league play. While the Spartans have ended the last five seasons with a win, this is the first time in over a decade that they have ended the season with a winning record.

          Once again, the Spartans beat the Tartans by using their newfound blueprint for victory: They came out fast and strong and finished in the second half.

          After an Alex Hildebrandt 3-pointer with 16 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in the first half, the Spartans grabbed a 9-2 lead. However, the Tartans responded by going on an 8-2 run over the span of about three minutes to bring them within one. That was the closest Carnegie Mellon would come to the Spartans for the rest of the game.

          The Spartans promptly went on a 21-6 run, claiming a 32-16 lead with 4 minutes left to play in the half. By halftime, they enjoyed a comfortable, 37-19, lead. Hildebrandt was already in double figures, scoring 10 points and remaining perfect from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, sophomore Tom Summers recorded a double-double in the first half alone, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

          The Spartans continued to pour it on in the second half, especially in the middle of the 20-minute period, outscoring Carnegie Mellon 15-2 from the 16:11 mark to the 9:32 mark. Junior Colin Mulholland sparked the run. He drilled three consecutive shots from 3-point range.

          The Spartans finished the half shooting 51.9 percent from the field and just over 45 percent on the game.

          Summers finished the game with 16 points and 16 rebounds, recording his 12th double-double of the season, while Hildebrandt finished with 10 points. Freshman Evan Tsudis scored 12 and was one rebound away from a double-double himself.
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