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The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team joined a select Division III group by making seven three-pointers in Tuesday’s 103-56 win against Swarthmore.

The Mules have 204 three-pointers, making them the 17th team in Division III history to drain 200 in a season.

With four regular-season games remaining and the strong probability of a Centennial Conference playoff game, Muhlenberg has a shot at the all-time Division III record of 253, set by Whittier in 1996.

Despite leading Division III in three-pointers made, the Mules no longer rank first in threes per game. That distinction goes to Waynesburg, which has made 189 in 19 games for an average of 9.95. Muhlenberg’s average is 9.71. Waynesburg has three regular-season games and at least one conference tournament game left to play.

Most three-pointers in a season

253 Whittier, 1996
224 Clark (Mass.), 1997
220 Wesleyan (Ga.), 2002
217 Otterbein, 2003
213 George Fox, 2000
211 St. Benedict, 2002
211 Cabrini, 1994
210 Southern Maine, 2003
209 Illinois Wesleyan, 2003
209 Sewanee, 2001
207 Mount Union, 1998
204 Muhlenberg, 2004
204 Keene State, 2002
204 La Verne, 1995
203 Cabrini, 1999
202 Blackburn, 1998
202 Nebraska Wesleyan, 1991

Men’s Basketball Suffers Another Close Loss

The Swarthmore men’s basketball team closed the game on a 12-3 run to come from behind and defeat Muhlenberg, 68-65, for its first regular-season win at Memorial Hall.

It was the sixth straight loss in a frustrating stretch for the Mules (6-15, 4-10). Six of their nine setbacks in the last month have come by
Dennis Severino
Junior Dennis Severino pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
eight points or fewer.

The Garnet (11-10, 8-6), which moved into a tie for fourth in the Centennial Conference with the win, came out smoking, hitting 12 of its first 15 field-goal attempts to open up a 27-17 lead midway through the first half.

Muhlenberg inched back as Swarthmore cooled off and wrapped a 10-0 run around halftime to regain the lead. Down 38-35 at the break, the Mules got two layups from Jeff Stewart and one from Tom Scott in the first three minutes of the second half to move ahead, 41-38.

After three ties and four more lead changes, Muhlenberg took its biggest lead, six points (62-56), when Phil Eckman hit a three-pointer with 5:04 to play. But the Mules made only one field goal the rest of the way, while the Garnet made three straight three-pointers and added three free throws for the final margin.

Muhlenberg took a three-point shot to tie the game in the closing seconds, but it glanced off the rim.

Stewart was responsible for nearly half of the Mules’ points, scoring a career-high 32, including 19 in the second half. It was his second 30-point game of the season, making him the first Muhlenberg freshman to hit the 30-point mark twice.

Eckman, making his first career start, finished with 12 points (one less than his season total entering the game). He also had six rebounds and four assists with no turnovers.

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