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Tuesday, December 2, 2003
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Men Fall Just Short at Moravian

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team was inches away from taking rival Moravian to overtime, but junior Ryan Bonda’s buzzer-beating three-point attempt bounced off the rim, and the Greyhounds prevailed, 80-77, in Bethlehem.

The Mules (2-2) trailed by four points with 25 seconds left, but junior Chase Licata hit a leaning three to pull within a point. Brandon Zaleski hit two free throws to push the Greyhound lead back to three before Bonda’s final attempt. Zaleski scored a game-high 23 points for the Greyhounds (3-1).

The teams traded baskets early and Moravian led, 12-9, before a 14-0 run put the Mules up, 23-12, with 10:44 left in the first half. Freshman Jeff Stewart scored nine of his 15 points to lead the Mules to a 44-37 halftime advantage.

The Greyhounds slowly battled back and tied the game on a Zaleski jump shot at the 10:09 mark. Licata paced the Mules with 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Sophomore Jimmy O’Brien put in 11 points, and Bonda added nine.

Stewart led the Mules with nine rebounds. Freshman Justin Fields filled in well when Stewart encountered foul trouble, posting eight points and three assists.

With the win, Moravian tied Muhlenberg in the Matte Award standings at 4.5 points each.

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Seven different players hit from behind the arc as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team broke the school record for three-pointers for the third time this season in a 92-51 win at Bryn Mawr.

The Mules (4-0, 2-0) entered the season with a school record of 10 three-pointers, but made 11 in the season opener against Mary Washington, then 12 the next night against Kean, and upped the record by one more, nailing 13 in defeating the Owls (1-2, 0-2).

Junior Gwen Doyle led the three-point parade with three, accounting for all nine of her points. Sophomore Kristen Piscadlo added two threes and scored a team-high 10 points. She also had four assists and four of the Mules’ 26 steals – one short of the school record.

Muhlenberg trailed early in the game, 16-10, as Bryn Mawr broke the Mules’ press to get easy shots and made nine of its first 15 attempts. But the Mules closed out the first half on a 45-7 blitz over the final 13:07 to take a 55-23 lead into the locker room.

’Berg went scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half before Lindsay Orosz, Sam Tager and Erin DeVaney made back-to-back-to-back threes in a 93-second span.

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Last updated December 2, 2003