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Mule Women Coast to Victory; Men Falter at End

The top-scoring women’s basketball team and the top-scoring men’s basketball player in Division III were both at Memorial Hall for a Centennial Conference doubleheader. Although both were held under their averages, both emerged with “W”s.

Defense, Balanced Scoring Key for Mules

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team got scoring from all 17 of its active players and allowed its lowest point total of the season in an 82-50 win against Ursinus.

The Mules (13-4, 8-2) shot only 28.3 percent in a sluggish first half and took a 36-27 lead into the locker room. They opened the second half on a 14-0 run and cruised from there, leading by as many as 34 points.

Muhlenberg forced 44 turnovers, while committing only 16 of its own, in holding the Bears (5-10, 3-7) to 50 points. The Mules had 25 steals, but shot just 20.6 percent from three-point range to finish 10 points below their NCAA-leading scoring average.

Senior Jill Friedman had team highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds (eight offensive) for her second straight double-double. Fellow senior center Susan Marchiano scored 10 points – six in the opening run of the second half – and blocked three shots.

Sophomore Tiffany Kirk added nine points on three three-pointers, two of which came at the beginning and end of a 12-0 first-half run that broke a 19-all tie and gave Muhlenberg the lead for good.

Sophomore point guard Kristen Piscadlo dished out six assists with no turnovers and recorded three steals. Junior point guard Aril Bryant had five assists and three steals.

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Ursinus Pulls Away in Final Minute

Defending Centennial Conference champion Ursinus scored the final seven points of the game to hold off Muhlenberg, 85-77, in a thrilling men’s basketball game.

The Mules (6-10, 4-6) led by as many as eight points early on, but the Bears (11-6, 7-3) ended the first half on a 24-5 run to open up a 44-33 lead at the break.

Muhlenberg scored the first nine points of the second half and stayed within striking distance the rest of the way. From the 14-minute mark to the four-minute mark, the Mules cut the gap to one or two points six times, but each time Ursinus had an answer.

The Bears were up, 73-68, with 3:39 left, before Muhlenberg finally put together consecutive baskets. Sophomore Jimmy O’Brien made three straight layups in the next minute, giving the Mules a 74-73 lead.

Dennis Stanton, who entered as the leading scorer in Division III at 30.1 points per game, dribbled around and hit a tough three-pointer with 2:12 on the clock to put Ursinus up, 76-74. Three more points from O’Brien and a pair of free throws by Stanton made it a one-point game, 78-77, in the final minute.

Bear point guard Mike McGarvey clinched the game by driving in for a three-point play, then stealing the ball at midcourt and making two free throws. Ursinus added a late basket for the final margin.

O’Brien finished with a career-high 29 points, one more than Stanton. He also had 13 rebounds for his second double-double. Freshman Jeff Stewart also notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Chase Licata barely missed a double-double, recording 10 points and nine rebounds before leaving with an injury midway through the second half. Muhlenberg had a 43-28 advantage on the boards.

Junior Ryan Bonda made four of six three-point attempts en route to 14 points.

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Last updated January 28, 2004