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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
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Men Ride Hot Start

Junior Jimmy O’Brien scored nine of his 12 points in a game-opening 19-4 run as the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team downed Arcadia, 79-63, in its first road game of the season.

Sophomore Jeff Stewart had another huge game for the Mules (2-1), posting his second straight double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Muhlenberg shot a sizzling 56.3 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 22 points (40-18). Although the Mules cooled off in the second half, they held the Knights (0-3) to 34.5-percent shooting for the game.

The closest Arcadia could get was seven points, at 53-46 with 11:22 left to play. The margin was nine, 63-54, before Muhlenberg kept the Knights from scoring for almost seven minutes, going on a 10-0 run to clinch the game.

Stewart did most of his damage from the foul line, sinking 14 free throws in 15 attempts.

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Women Win CC Opener

Junior Stephanie Coluccini and sophomore Meghan Courtney each scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 81-76 win at Franklin & Marshall in its Centennial Conference opener.

The Mules (3-0, 1-0) appeared to have the game well in hand when they took a 25-point lead, 72-47, on Courtney’s first career three-pointer with 7:58 left in the game. Muhlenberg made only one field goal the rest of the game, however, and the Diplomats (0-3, 0-1) went on a 21-2 run to draw to within six at the two-minute mark.

The Mules led by eight with 20 ticks on the clock, but a rare four-point play – a made shot and two free throws from an off-the-ball foul – halved the margin. With the score 80-76, junior Kristen Piscadlo hit a free throw to account for the final score.

Coluccini also had 10 rebounds for her first career double-double and tied a career high with four assists. Piscadlo finished with 11 points, while junior Lacie Smith scored six points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds.

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Last updated November 23, 2004