Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Thursday, December 4, 2003
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Sophomore Jimmy O’Brien scored a career-high 20 points to help the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team get a lead, and junior Chase
Donte Borden
Borden was 6-for-6 on free throws, all in the second half, and finished with eight points. He also had six defensive rebounds.
scored a big basket to help keep it and beat Haverford, 67-61, in its Centennial Conference opener.

O’Brien hit all five of his first-half field goals and scored 17 points before the break to give the Mules a one-point lead. Muhlenberg (3-2, 1-0) fed the ball to freshman center Jeff Stewart early and often in the second half and extended the lead to 14 points with 5:45 left. Haverford (2-4, 0-1), which missed its first 10 three-pointers of the half, hit four straight and got within one point, but the Mules held on for the victory at Memorial Hall.

“It’s good to get a win under our belt,” Licata said. “Haverford is a good team, and they’ll be a contender for a playoff spot.”

It was Licata who sealed the Fords’ fate. With a 62-61 lead and 36 seconds left, Licata drove through a crowd and hit a seemingly impossible bank shot, the team’s first field goal in more than five minutes. The shot gave the Mules some breathing room and took the wind out of the sails of the rallying Fords.

“We were having trouble passing because they were overplaying us, so I thought I’d take it aggressively to the basket,” said Licata. “I was going to pass it, but [the defender] didn’t jump, so I put it up and it went in. We needed something to happen.”

After the basket, Haverford needed a three to tie, but junior Ryan Bonda stripped the ball off a Ford and out of bounds to get it back. He made one free throw and junior Donté Borden added two to ice the win.

Licata finished with 12 points and Stewart with 14.

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