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The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team shot just 27.9 percent from the floor in suffering a 74-51 loss to Southern Maine in the first round of Springfield’s Naismith Classic.

The Mules (3-4) will play Misericordia, a 61-54 loser to Springfield, in Sunday’s consolation game.

Despite struggling from the field for most of the first half, Muhlenberg trailed just 24-21 with fewer than four minutes to play, mostly due to its defense, which forced a total of 31 turnovers. But the Huskies (8-1 and ranked 13th in Division III) ended the half on a 13-3 run, then opened the second half with a 9-3 run to take a commanding 19-point lead.

Senior Randi Baran led the Mules with 12 points. Junior Susan Marchiano had eight points, seven rebounds and five steals.

All four of Muhlenberg’s losses are to teams ranked in the top 20 in Division III at the time of the game.

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Sophomore Ryan Bonda scored a career-high 37 points to lead the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team to a dramatic 108-101 double-overtime win at Widener.

The game was the longest for the Mules (4-4) since a double-overtime loss to Dickinson in 1999-2000. The 37 points scored by Bonda were the most by a Muhlenberg player since Mark Lesko poured in 38 at NYU two years ago.

Bonda was 13-of-21 from the field and made seven three-pointers (one short of the school record) in only 10 attempts.

Bonda scored 19 of his points in the first half alone, as the Mules sprinted to a 51-39 lead at the break. But the Pioneers (2-6) crept back in the second half and led 80-75 heading into the final minute.

Muhlenberg still trailed, 83-79, before Bonda drilled a three-pointer with four seconds left. Widener made two free throws, but senior Toomey Anderson hit a three with 0.33 on the clock, sending the game into overtime.

The Mules found themselves trailing late in the first overtime as well. It was 95-91 when senior Aaron Holden hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds left. Again, the Pioneers hit two free throws, and this time it was Bonda tying the game by nailing a trey with 3.6 seconds left.

The second overtime featured no dramatics, as Muhlenberg held Widener without a field goal for the entire period. An inside basket by sophomore Chase Licata with 3:05 left put the Mules ahead to stay, 99-97, and Bonda and sophomore Donte Borden combined to go 7-of-8 from the line in the last 1:17 to seal the win.

Sophomore John Jemmott scored a career-high 20 points in the winning effort, adding 10 rebounds for his second double-double. Holden finished with 15 points and Anderson added 14.

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Last updated January 4, 2003