Rochester falls to Carnegie after overturned buzzer beater

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Rochester fell to Carnegie Mellon on Sunday afternoon after what looked to be a game winning three-point heave by Ryan Clamage at the buzzer.

With 0.9 seconds left on the clock, Rochester had an opportunity to tie it up or win at the buzzer. The ball was inbounded to Clamage behind the three-point line where he threw up a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer that miraculously went down.

The officials counted the bucket at first but returned to the monitor and determined that Clamage did not get the shot off in time, giving Carnegie Mellon a 70-68 win.

The win gives the Tartans their second UAA victory of the year as they improve to 6-16 on the season (2-9). Rochester drops to 14-8 on the year, 5-6 in the UAA.

Carnegie Mellon was in control for the majority of the contest but could not quite pull away from Rochester. The Yellowjackets took the lead with two minutes left but Carnegie was able to regain it and find a way to get the win.

The Tartans opened up the game with a 7-0 run before Rochester stormed back with an 8-0 run of their own to take their first lead. That was the only time UR would lead until late in the second half.

Going into the half it was a four-point Carnegie Mellon advantage as they led 36-32. It looked as if Carnegie might pull away at one point in the second half when they went up by 12 points but two Brendan O’Shea three-pointers kept Rochester in the game.

O’Shea hit a three with 2:33 remaining to tie the game and on the next possession Andrew Lundstrom was fouled and hit both free throws to put Rochester ahead 68-66. Carnegie Mellon then regained the lead 70-68 but Rochester had an opportunity to tie it with seven seconds left with Lundstrom at the line again.

Lundstrom went on to miss the front end of the one-and-one and the Yellowjackets were forced to foul with 4.9 seconds left. Carnegie missed their free throw and gave Rochester one more chance.

Clamage took the ball up the court quickly, looking for an open shot but a Carnegie defender got a hand on the ball and knocked it out of bounds with 0.9 on the clock. That was when the ball was inbounded to Clamage and heaved up from well behind the three-point line and fell through, only to be waved off after review.

Clamage led the scoring for Rochester with 20 points and was 3-5 from behind the arc. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Yellowjackets in 34 minutes.

Ryan Algier (Fairport) had a career high, nine points and five rebounds for Rochester. Patrick Benka added eight points while Alexander Gamble had seven points. Jacob Wittig chipped in eight assists for Rochester.

UR was 9-22 from the three-point line and shot 48% from the field but had 17 turnovers.

Zach Howarth led Carnegie Mellon with 19 points. Colin McNeil added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Patrick Ehland had 11 points and five rebounds for the Tartans while Ryan Maha had 10 points and five assists.

The two teams split the season series one to one, with each team winning on their home court.

Rochester will return home to the Palestra next Friday against Brandeis University at 8p.m., and then again on Sunday versus New York University with the tip slated for 12 p.m.

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