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more on Tom Scott’s record performance

Great Scott!

Tom Scott had the most prolific offensive day ever by a Muhlenberg freshman in Monday’s win at Washington, but it was his defense that led to the game-winning basket.

Scott already had 35 points when he missed a runner with 14 seconds left in overtime and the score tied at 89. The Shoremen got the rebound, but Scott intercepted a pass at midcourt,
Tom Scott
Scott scored 14 points in the first half, 14 in the second half and seven of the Mules’ 14 in overtime.
dribbled down to the lane and dished off to Jimmy O’Brien for a layup that gave the Mules a 91-89 win and their first 2-0 Centennial Conference start since the 1995-96 season.

“I realized that they had a chance to win the game and the guy I was guarding [36-point scorer David Horvath] was on fire, so I had to do something,” said Scott, who made two similar steals, one of which he converted into a dunk, earlier in the game. “I just read the point guard’s eyes and stole the ball.”

Scott’s 35 points broke the 38-year-old school record for freshman, set when Bob Wertz put up 34 against Ursinus in 1965-66. It also tied the CC freshman record set by future player-of-the-year Richie Barrett of Ursinus during the 1997-98 season.

Remarkably, Scott came into the game with only 30 points to his credit over the first seven games of the season. “At the beginning of the season I had torn cartilage in my wrist and I was struggling to get back in the flow,” he explained. “I’ve been healthy for about three weeks now and my shot’s coming back.”

The freshman’s record day included a three-pointer he banked in to give Muhlenberg an 87-84 lead in overtime. “I knew the game was going my way when that happened,” joked Scott, who said he scored 30 points a couple of times in high school, but never as many as 35. “Honestly, I didn’t have any idea how many points I had. I was just worried about winning the game.”

Scott was one of two freshmen with outstanding numbers against Washington. Jeff Stewart recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. It was the first time in team history that the Mules had two freshmen with 20 or more points.

The efforts by Stewart and O’Brien (14 points, 15 rebounds) gave Muhlenberg two players with double-doubles for the second straight time against Washington. Anthony Strachan and Aaron Holden combined for the double double-double in the next-to-last game of the 2002-03 season.

DeVaney Named Player of the Week

Senior guard Erin DeVaney of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball Erin DeVaney team has been named co-player of the week by the Centennial Conference.

DeVaney was honored for leading the Mules to a pair of wins at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., averaging 14.0 points and shooting 66.7 percent (6 for 9) from three-point range. She established a new career high with 13 points in an 88-71 win against Amherst, then topped that the following day with 15 points as Muhlenberg came from behind to defeat Manhattanville, 94-81.

DeVaney scored in double figures for the fourth game in a row Monday, contributing 10 points to a 116-73 win at Washington in which the Mules broke the CC record for points in a game. The previous mark of 108 was set by Ursinus against Bryn Mawr in 1996-97 and matched by Western Maryland, also against Bryn Mawr, the following season.

Through eight games, DeVaney is tied for second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.4 points. She is second in the CC in both three-pointers made (2.13 per game) and three-point percentage (.459).

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Last updated January 6, 2004