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Carnegie Mellon Wins UAA Title, Earns Berth in NCAA Tournament

Tartans to Play Baldwin-Wallace at 6 p.m., Friday, March 3

Senior Nate Maurer leads the Tartans with 18.7 points per game.
NCAA March Madness has come to Carnegie Mellon as the Tartans, under veteran Head Coach Tony Wingen, earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament by capturing their first University Athletic Association Championship last Saturday with a home 78-68 victory over the University of Rochester.

The victory sends the Tartans (20-5) to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, near Columbus, where they'll take on Baldwin-Wallace College (24-4) in NCAA first round action at 6 p.m. Friday (March 3).

Should the Tartans defeat Baldwin-Wallace they'll play at 7 p.m., Saturday against the winner of the Wittenberg (25-3)-Lake Erie College (21-6) game. That game will follow the Carnegie Mellon Baldwin-Wallace match-up Friday night.

The Tartans, who set a school record with 20 wins this season, will be making their second appearance in the NCAA playoffs. They first advanced to the tournament in 1977 when they were defeated by Wittenberg in first round play. Wittenberg went on to win the national championship that year.

This year's team is led by a trio of senior forwards, 6'7" Nate Maurer, 6'4" Clayton Barlow-Wilcox and 6'4" Marques Johnson. Maurer leads the team with 18.7 points per game, followed by Barlow-Wilcox (15.8 ppg) and Johnson (12.3 ppg). The backcourt is led by 6'2" senior guard A.J. Straub (10.8 ppg). Straub has hit a three-point field goal in 28 straight games and has made 199 three-pointers in his career. He needs five more to break the school record.

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Bruce Gerson
February 27, 2006

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