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Saturday, November 20, 2004
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Late First-Half Run Sinks Men

The Marymount men’s basketball team scored the final 12 points of the first half in what proved to be the decisive run and went on defeat Muhlenberg, 78-71 in the Scotty Wood Tournament championship game.

The game was tied at 29 near the end of a back-and-forth first half before the Saints erupted for 12 points in the final 2:22 to take a 41-29 lead into the locker room.

Marymount threatened to turn the game into a runaway, extending the margin to 15 (52-37)
Jeff Stewart
Stewart scored a tournament-high 37 points in the two games.
four-and-a-half minutes into the second half, but the Mules went on a 13-2 run to close to within four.

Muhlenberg would get as close as three points on two occasions, and once had the ball with a chance to tie, but could never completely eliminate the deficit.

Senior Ryan Bonda and sophomore Jeff Stewart earned all-tournament honors. Bonda scored 15 points in the championship game, while Stewart posted 17 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record-tying six blocked shots.

Senior Chase Licata (14 points) and sophomore Tom Scott (13) also scored in double figures for the Mules.

Western New England outlasted Hartwick, 62-49, in the consolation game.

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Women Rein Thanks to Rain of Threes

Scotty Wood
Tournament champions The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team poured in 17 three-pointers to fuel an inspired comeback effort in an 89-74 win over Montclair State in the championship game of the Scotty Wood Tournament.

The Mules trailed, 25-9, midway through the first half, and still faced a 16-point deficit, 33-17, with five minutes to go before intermission. Over the next 19 minutes, Muhlenberg outscored the Red Hawks, 67-24, to take a 27-point lead.

Of the 67 points in the remarkable run, 42 came on 14 three-pointers. The Mules shot an incredible 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from three-point range in the second half and 45.9 percent (17-for-37) for the game.

The 17 three-pointers were two short of the school record set last year against Haverford, when the team needed 64 attempts to make 19 treys.

Leading the three-point brigade was senior Gwen Doyle, who was named tournament MVP after drilling five threes – including one that gave Muhlenberg its first lead, 51-49 four minutes into the second half – in nine attempts. The five threes tied a tournament record.

Junior Tiffany Kirk added four three-pointers, one of which put the Mules ahead to stay. Junior Kristen Piscadlo made three three-pointers and scored 15 points to join Doyle on the all-tournament team, while junior Valerie Robuck and sophomore Emily Wright each hit a pair of long-range shots and finished with a career-high 10 points.

Freshman Abra Like made a three-point shot for her first career points and also added three assists and three steals.

The Scotty Wood championship was the second in a row for the Mules, who had never won back-to-back titles.

Lebanon Valley took third place with a 73-49 defeat of Misericordia in the consolation game.

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Last updated November 20, 2004