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ON PAGE 2 ... WRESTLING and CROSS
Both Muhlenberg basketball teams pulled away from close games at the end to win the Scotty Wood Tournament championships. The Mule women defeated Wilkes, 70-52, while the men outlasted Oneonta State, 72-62. It is the first time since 1999 that Muhlenberg swept the Scotty Wood titles.
Seniors Lacie Smith and Jimmy OBrien took home tournament MVP honors.
In the womens game, Muhlenberg used its inside strength to great
The Mules then went on a 10-0 run and held Wilkes to two field goals the rest of the way to win by 18 points. Smith began the decisive run by hitting a shot from underneath, and senior Tiffany Kirk capped it with a three-pointer. Junior Meghan Courtney contributed a layup off a perfect inbounds pass from senior Kristen Piscadlo, one of her six assists.
After a Wilkes basket, Piscadlo drained a three, and Smith added a traditional three-point play to give Muhlenberg a 14-point lead, 64-50, with under two minutes remaining.
Smith finished with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds, tying the tournament record of 10 free throws made in a game. Courtney, who made the all-tournament team, had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Senior Stephanie Coluccini tied a career best with 15 boards.
Freshman Lauren Boyle, who tied the tournament free-throw record in the opening game, added eight points and took a charge early in the second half.
Albright defeated Cabrini, 55-36, in the consolation game.
The mens team played a nip-and-tuck game with Oneonta State. OBrien scored eight straight points in an early 10-0 run that gave the Mules a 12-6 lead, but that would the biggest margin they would enjoy until the final 10 minutes.
With the scored tied at 45 midway through the second half, Muhlenberg went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Junior Chris Pothering opened the surge with a three-pointer, and junior Tom Scott followed with another three. At the other end, Scott blocked a shot, then took a bounce pass from OBrien and converted a layup to make the score 53-45.
The Red Dragons closed to within two on two occasions, the last with 1:18 left. They would not score the rest of the game, however, while the Mules made eight of 10 free throws. Scott made five of the foul shots to finish with 14 points.
OBrien ended up with 16 points and a team-high six assists. He shot 12-of-18 from the field in the two tournament games. Junior Jeff Stewart notched his second straight double double, with 18 points and 11 rebounds, to earn a spot on the all-tournament team for the third year in a row.
Staten Island took third place with a 79-75 win against Lynchburg.
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Last updated November 19, 2005