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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
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WOMEN ESCAPE WITH TWO-POINT WIN
MEN’S COMEBACK EFFORT FALLS SHORT

A furious second-half comeback fell just short as the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team dropped its fourth straight Centennial Conference game, 101-98 at Washington.

The Mules (6-8, 0-4) trailed by 23 points, 76-53, with 12 minutes to play after a stretch in which the Shoremen (3-11, 1-4) scored 30 points in the first eight minutes of the second half. Increasing their defensive pressure, the Mules slowly creeped back into the game. They cut the lead to four, at 94-90, with 2:28 left, but Washington made back-to-back baskets to take a seemingly comfortable 98-90 lead with 1:50 to play.

Muhlenberg, however, got a second-chance basket from senior Toomey Anderson and a free throw by sophomore Donte Borden to close to within five. After another Shoremen hoop, Anderson banked in a three with 27 seconds left, and senior Aaron Holden scored on a putback after the Mules stole an inbounds pass. The score was now 100-98 with 13 seconds left.

Washington left the door open by making one of two free throws with 8.1 on the clock, but a Muhlenberg three-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.

Anderson and senior Anthony Strachan led five Mules in double figures with 21 points apiece. Strachan also had 11 rebounds.

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Junior Lindsay Tis made two free throws with 34 seconds to play for the go-ahead points as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team came from 14 points down to defeat Washington, 73-71.

With the win, the Mules (9-5, 5-0) moved back into a tie for first place in the Centennial Conference East Division with Swarthmore. The two teams square off Saturday at Memorial Hall.

Muhlenberg overcame a great performance by the Shorewomen’s Katie Piringer, who tied a school record with 32 points and made seven of 10 three-point attempts. She scored 23 in the first half alone, leading Washington (4-10, 1-4) to a 42-28 lead.

The Mules scored the final four points of the first half to cut the gap to 10, then opened the second half on a 12-2 run to tie the score at 44. The game remained tight the rest of the way, with 15 lead changes.

The Shorewomen hit two free throws with 1:26 left to extend their lead to 71-68. Muhlenberg answered when junior Amber Nelson put back her own missed shot to close to within one. Washington missed a three-pointer, and junior Becky Richmond grabbed the rebound, her 12th of the game. At the other end, Nelson made a pass to a wide-open Tis, who was fouled hard but made both free throws to put the Mules ahead for good.

Tis’ solid defense forced Piringer into a travel on the next possession, and Washington fouled Richmond with 10.8 seconds left. Richmond made the first free throw, giving her a career-high 20 points.

The Shorewomen got off two shots, one of which was blocked out of bounds, in the final six seconds, but neither was close.

Tis finished with a career-high 17 points, including 11 in the second half, while freshman Stephanie Coluccini scored 11 points. Junior Jill Friedman had nine points and nine rebounds.

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Last updated January 22, 2003