Friday, November 18, 2005
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SCOTTY WOOD OPENERS
For the second year in a row, both Muhlenberg basketball teams advanced to the championship games of the Scotty Wood Tournament.
The women won a close battle with Albright, 71-65, and will go
The men will clash with Oneonta State, a 64-54 victor over Lynchburg. The Mules defeated Staten Island, 81-68, in their opening game.
Freshman Lauren Boyle came off the bench to score 18 points in her collegiate debut, including four clutch free throws. Boyle was 10-for-10 from the line to help compensate for the rest of the team going 15-for-35.
The Lions had a 62-61 lead with 3:08 remaining before senior Stephanie Coluccinis layup started a 10-3 run for the Mules to close out the game. Albright was within three with 11.5 seconds to play when Boyle knocked down a pair of free throw attempts to put the game away.
The first half featured seven lead changes with neither team going up by more than six. Senior Kristen Piscadlo completed a three-point play with 4:46 left in the first to give the Mules a 24-22 lead. Muhlenberg trailed for just 14 seconds the remainder of the game.
The Mules collected 21 offensive boards, including seven by senior Lacie Smith, who finished with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Piscadlo and junior Megan Courtney also finished in
Junior Jeff Stewart led the Mules in points (19), rebounds (11) and assists (five) against Staten Island.
The Dolphins came out hot, hitting nine of their first 11 shots over the first 7:41 of the game, but the Mules (1-0) held tight, and a layup by senior Jimmy OBrien, who was 7-of-9 for 16 points, knotted the game at 19. Muhlenbergs defense took over from there, limiting Staten Island to just 3-of-20 shooting the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Mules shot 51.6 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-of-10 from downtown.
Muhlenberg led by as many as 18 in the second half, but Staten Island fought back and came within seven with 1:15 to play. The Mules would not allow the Dolphins any closer, hitting seven of eight free throws, including five of six from junior Chris Huber, to win by 13.
Junior Chris Pothering and freshman Michael Bernardini were sparks off the Muhlenberg bench. Pothering had finished with 12 points and Bernardini hit a pair of threes 44 seconds apart in the first half.
Huber, making his first career start, posted career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds.
Oneonta State led from start to finish in the other game, holding Lynchburg to 22-percent shooting.
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Last updated November 18, 2005