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Women Shatter Scoring Mark; Men Win OT Thriller
O’Brien Hits Winner with 0:00.1 Left

Tom Scott set a school record for freshmen with 35 points and assisted on the game-winning basket in Muhlenberg’s heart-stopping 91-89 overtime win at Washington.

The Mules (4-4, 2-0) found themselves in an 89-all tie after David Horvath of the Shoremen (3-6, 0-2) hit his school-record eighth three-pointer of the game with 28.3 seconds left in overtime. Scott missed a runner with 14 seconds left at the other end, but then stole a pass at midcourt and fed sophomore Jimmy O’Brien for a layup with just one-tenth of a second on the clock.

Washington called timeout, then threw a full-court pass that was tipped off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

It was the fifth overtime game in the Mules’ 11 trips to Chestertown since the formation of the Centennial Conference.

Muhlenberg came back from an early 10-point deficit to take a 36-31 lead into the locker room, as Scott scored the Mules’ final 10 points of the half. Muhlenberg had its biggest lead, 73-66, with four minutes left, but the Shoremen rallied to force the extra session on two free throws by Horvath with 5.7 seconds left. Freshman Brandon Mefford’s 40-foot desperation heave caught iron as time expired in regulation.

The Mules never trailed in overtime. Scott made four free throws to start the scoring, and a putback by freshman Jeff Stewart made it 83-79 a minute into overtime. But Stewart, who finished with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double, fouled out 10 seconds later.

Washington tied the score at 84 with 2:10 left. Scott banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key 13 seconds later to make it 87-84. After a Shoremen bucket, O’Brien put back an air ball with the shot clock about to run out, giving Muhlenberg an 89-86 lead at the 45-second mark.

O’Brien notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Scott, who entered the game with 30 points scored all season, was 11-of-17 from the field and 9-for-9 from the line. He broke the freshman record of 34 set by Bob Wertz against Ursinus in the 1965-66 season.

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Senior Jill Friedman scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead four players in double figures as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team rolled past Washington, 116-73, in its
Jill Freidman
Friedman’s career high of 27 came last year against Washington.
first game of 2004.

The Mules (8-0, 3-0) broke school records for points in a game (104, set earlier this year vs. Kean) and steals in a game (30, set earlier this year at Bryn Mawr) and forced 58 Shorewomen (2-6, 1-3) turnovers in topping the 100-point mark for the third time.

Sophomore Gwen Doyle had six of the steals to go along with six points, while senior Susan Marchiano also had six steals, as well as 13 points and six rebounds.

All but one of Muhlenberg’s 17 players scored, and the one who didn’t, sophomore Sam Tager, contributed four assists, four steals and a block.

Muhlenberg forced 30 turnovers and made eight three-pointers in the first half to take a 62-38 lead into the locker room. It was the second straight half the Mules scored 62 points against Washington: They did it in the second half of last year’s second meeting, setting a school record that has been surpassed twice this season.

Muhlenberg jumped out to a 13-4 lead and did not trail by fewer than five points the rest of the half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Erin DeVaney and Doyle and consecutive baskets by sophomore Lacie Smith contributed to the fast start.

The Mules scored the first 10 points of the second half and led by as many as 49 (112-63).

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Last updated January 5, 2004