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The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team now leads all of NCAA women’s basketball in two categories.

The Mules remain in first place in scoring with their average of 94.1 points per game. The only other NCAA team averaging more than 90 points per game is Division I DePaul, at 91.6. Division II California (Pa.) is next at 88.9 ppg. Muhlenberg has a big lead in Division III, more than 10 points per game over Mississippi College (82.7 ppg).

The Mules are also tops in the NCAA with 10.3 three-pointers per game. The team they had trailed, Waynesburg, slipped to 10.2. No other NCAA team averages in double figures in threes.

Muhlenberg will put its NCAA-leading statistics on the line Thursday night at Swarthmore, which leads the Centennial Conference and ranks 12th in Division III in scoring defense, allowing only 51.7 points per game.

Men’s Basketball Goes Cold, Falls at Swarthmore

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team went cold down the stretch and dropped its third straight Centennial Conference road game, 62-55 at Swarthmore.

The Mules (5-9, 3-5) trailed 54-47 with 4:26 to play before going on an 8-0 run to take their first and only lead. Junior Chase Licata sparked the outburst, first stealing the ball and passing to freshman Tom Scott for a one-handed dunk, then driving for a three-point play that made the score 54-52.

Two free throws by Ryan Bonda and one by Jeff Stewart gave the Mules a 55-54 edge, but they would not score again, as the Garnet (7-8, 4-4) went on an 8-0 run of its own over the final 2:12. All of Swarthmore’s final eight points came from the free-throw line.

The Garnet, coming off a win at Gettysburg, scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 10 points (20-10) in the first half. Muhlenberg cut the gap to four at halftime and trailed by five to eight points for the majority of the second half.

Stewart led the Mules, who shot just 34.9 percent from the field, with 18 points.

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