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Friday, November 16, 2007

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hoop teams open strong
in scotty wood tournament

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team scored just three seconds into the 2007-08 season, with sophomore Peter Barnes tapping the jump ball to senior Greg Pask, who passed to sophomore Ryan Foster for an open jumper.

The Mules slowed down the scoring pace, but only
Maiza Mock
Sophomore Maiza Mock contributed five points, four rebounds and two steals in her first career start.
slightly, going on to a record-setting 107-37 victory against Philadelphia Biblical in the first round of the 26th Scotty Wood Tournament. Their opponent in the championship game will be Curry, an 87-70 winner against New Jersey City.

A fast start was also the key in the Muhlenberg women’s team’s 73-56 win against Villa Julie. Both Mule teams are in the Scotty Wood finals for the 14th time in 15 years.

Foster finished with a career-high 24 points for the men’s team, which set a school record for margin of victory. The old mark was 68 in a 105-37 defeat of Bucknell in the 1947-48 season. The Mules also set tournament records for margin of victory and fewest points allowed.

Muhlenberg shot 53.7 percent from the field, outrebounded the Crimson Eagles by a 63-26 margin and wrapped a 24-0 run around halftime. The Mules had leads of 18-2, 36-9, 60-13, 84-18 and 95-26.

Freshman Evan Tozer made a splashy debut, scoring 16 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting. Sophomore Zachary Rosenberg just missed a double-double in his first career varsity game, recording 11 points and nine rebounds.

Sophomore Obi Nwizugbo (eight points, nine rebounds) and junior Tim Murray (six and eight) both recorded career highs in points and rebounds, and sophomore Brian Frankoski scored eight points in his first career start.
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The Muhlenberg women opened the game on a 19-3 run, only to have the Mustangs close to within four early in the second half. The Mules responded with a 10-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Junior Lauren Boyle led all scorers with 19 points, and sophomore Alexis Bates scored a career-high 11 points. Freshman Sheila Cook was impressive in her collegiate debut, scoring nine points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Muhlenberg will face Scranton, ranked 14th in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, in the championship game. The Lady Royals overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat New Paltz State, 61-52.
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