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Men Defeated in Final

Stevens banked in a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer and rode the momentum through the second half, coming from behind to topple Muhlenberg, 73-66, in the men’s Scotty Wood Tournament final.

A 9-0 run late in the first half gave the Mules their biggest lead, 41-30, with just over a minute one the clock. The Ducks scored the last five points of the half, then outscored Muhlenberg 38-25 in the second half.

The Mules were just 7-of-31 from the field in the second half and went more than four minutes without a field goal in a crucial stretch when Stevens turned a 53-all tie into a seven-point lead.

Senior Justin Fields scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. He also had six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Senior Tom Scott also earned all-tournament honors after scoring 13 points in pulling down eight rebounds.

Senior Jimmie Riggins narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards.

Rensselaer made a jumper at the buzzer to nip Arcadia, 57-55, in the consolation game.

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Scotty Wood champions! The first game played by Emily Wright and Meghan Courtney at Muhlenberg featured something no one had ever seen before: a frenetic style of play that led the Mules to the 2004 NCAA scoring title.

Wright and Courtney have now done something else never seen before, at least by Muhlenberg women’s basketball teams: win four straight Scotty Wood Tournament championships.

With Wright putting on another shooting clinic and Courtney contributing a double-double, the Mules defeated Delaware Valley, 87-70, in the Scotty Wood final for their fourth title in a row. Two classes of men’s players went perfect in Scotty Wood when the Mules won five straight from 1993 to 1997.

“It’s amazing that we’ve done it four years in a row,” said Courtney. “We have such a young team, but we pulled it out all the way to the end and carried on the
Erin McSherry
Sophomore Erin McSherry helped the Mules to a 41-33 edge on the boards with seven rebounds. She also scored a career-high 11 points.

An Aggie squad that dropped in 12 three-pointers in knocking off 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Cortland State in the first round began the final on fire. DelVal made three triples in the first five minutes and led by as many as nine points, 26-17, with 8:30 left in the first.

Muhlenberg responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Up two at halftime, the Mules went on an 11-2 run to open the second half, then closed out the game with a 20-7 spurt to make the final of the closely contested game deceiving.

“We kind of have this intensity that no other team has, and once we show it we can be unstoppable,” said Courtney.

Wright earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 22 points, topping the career high of 19 she established 24 hours earlier. Wright was 14-of-19 from the field in two tournament games, including 9-of-12 from three-point range.

“It was a team effort,” she said. “I got amazing passes from my teammates.”

On the strength of her 16-point, 11-rebound effort, Courtney earned all-tournament honors for the second year in a row. Sophomore Lauren Boyle also landed on the all-tournament team after scoring 14 of her 19 points in the second half.

Sophomores Bethany Enterline and Kaitlin Strumph and freshmen Alexis Bates and Brenna Ferster all played at least 10 minutes off the bench, giving the Mules a huge advantage over the Aggies, whose starting five played all but 16 minutes. Enterline scored eight points and Bates seven.

Cortland State won the consolation game, 69-46.

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Last updated November 18, 2006