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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104

Men’s Basketball
2004-05 Season Review:

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team started playing its best basketball just as the season was coming to a close, winning four of its last five games to finish 12-13, 9-9 in the Centennial Conference.
Chase Licata
Senior Chase Licata averaged 9.1 points per game, tied for second best on the team.
The 12 wins were four more than the Mules had a year ago, but it was not enough to get the team back in the CC playoffs for the first time in three years. Muhlenberg had opportunities to be even better, but finished 1-7 in games decided by five points or fewer, including four such losses to CC playoff teams.

In their final four wins of the 2004 season, the Mules won by an average of 13.5 points. This stretch included an impressive 80-67 home victory over Franklin & Marshall, which entered the game with only three conference losses.

Muhlenberg was led by sophomore Jeff Stewart, a second-team All-Centennial Conference and third-team All-Middle-Atlantic Region selection. Stewart led the CC in rebounding (10.1 rebounds per game) and blocked shots (56) and was third in scoring (19.4 points per game) and seventh in field-goal percentage (.529). The first Mule to average a double-double since 1988, Stewart set a Centennial Conference record with 16 double-doubles in 25 games and scored in double figures 24 times, including 15 games of 20 points or
Donté Borden
Borden had 92 assists, the most by a Mule in seven years.
more. He also finished with 489 points on the season, fourth-best in team history.

Senior Donté Borden posted a school record assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.24, and senior Ryan Bonda connected on 27 three-pointers, giving him 116 three-point field goals in his career, sixth-best on the Mules all-time list.

The loss of four graduating seniors will definitely hurt as the team looks towards next season, but all the pieces seem to be in place for Muhlenberg to continue its winning ways. Stewart will be back with another year of experience and should again be one of the conference’s top players. What may determine how far the Mules go, though, will be the players that surround Stewart. Sophomores Jimmy O’Brien (9.1 points per game in 2004), and Chris Pothering (5.2 points per game) will be just two players that will be expected to take on a much more prominent role for the Mules as they try to return to the CC elite.

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