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MILLS, LOESCH WIN CC TITLES
Men’s Hoops Catches Fire at McDaniel
Women Can’t Hold On After Half
Men Roll to Second Straight Victory

Once the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team got started, it just couldn’t stop. The Mules shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half and 62.1 for the game, as they beat McDaniel, 91-69.

Muhlenberg (8-16, 6-11) hit 18 of its 27 first-half shots, including six of seven three-point attempts, and took a 45-28 lead into halftime. The break didn’t faze the Mules, who went 18-for-31 from the field in the second half.

Muhlenberg tied the school single-game record of 13 threes, set earlier this season against Washington (Md.). Eight different Mules connected from long range.

Freshman Tom Scott was 8-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from three-point range for 22 points. He and sophomore Jimmy O’Brien grabbed a game-high seven rebounds apiece. O’Brien scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting, 2-for-2 from behind the arc.

Freshman Jeff Stewart had an outstanding all-around game. He scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, pulled down six rebounds, passed out six assists and blocked three shots. Junior Donté Borden tied Stewart for the team lead in assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Muhlenberg’s red-hot shooting was a familiar story for McDaniel (6-19, 3-14), very familiar. The Mules had the exact number of first-half points, second-half points, field goals and field goal attempts as they did in their first win over the Terror, Jan. 17 in Allentown.

Muhlenberg had 27 assists, its second-highest total of the year, and owned a 41-28 rebounding advantage. The win was the second straight for the Mules and their second road win of the year. They had lost six straight away from Memorial Hall.

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DOYLE SETS CAREER THREE MARK

A big second half by No. 24 McDaniel erased a 13-point halftime lead for the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team, and the Green Terror defeated the Mules, 86-77, in Westminster, Md.

Junior guard Gwen Doyle hit a three-pointer in the first half to become Muhlenberg’s career leader with 119. She has made a Mule-record 50 threes this season and has knocked down at least one three in each of the last 27 games, also a ’Berg best.

The Mules (18-6, 13-4) hit eight three-pointers in the first half, on the way to a 45-32 lead on first-place McDaniel (21-3, 17-1).

The Terror turned things around after the break, tying the game, 55-55, at the 12:32 mark. McDaniel poured in 54 points in the second half and held the nation’s highest-scoring team to just 32.

Sophomore Kristen Piscadlo, who led the Mules with 17 points on 5-for-10 three-point shooting, gave the team a 68-67 lead on a three with 5:22 left. It was one of just two three-pointers for the Mules in 14 second-half attempts. McDaniel scored the next six points and led the rest of the way.

Susan Marchiano picked up her first double-double of the season, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Becky Richmond scored 15 points and had four steals. Piscadlo and senior Lindsay Tis each had five assists.

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Two Advance to NCAAs

Sophomore Dale Mills and freshman Matt Loesch won Centennial Conference championships in their weight classes, as the Muhlenberg wrestling team finished fifth at the CC meet in Lexington, Va.

Mills and Loesch receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Championships, March 5 and 6 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Trailing by a point late, Loesch scored a takedown with less than three seconds left to win a 9-8 decision over a Johns Hopkins opponent in the 197 final. He also had a 13-4 major decision against an Ursinus wrestler. It is the third tournament win for Loesch, who is 24-3. Neither he nor Mills has lost a bout to a CC opponent this season.

Mills, who missed last year’s conference championships with an injury, recorded a technical fall against a Gettysburg wrestler in 5:21, then won a 10-4 decision over a McDaniel foe in the 149 final. Mills’ championship win pushed his record to 26-8.

Ursinus won the team competition with 109 points, 33 ahead of second-place McDaniel. The Terror was followed by Hopkins, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and host Washington & Lee.

Senior David Brown placed third at 133, winning the consolation bracket with a pin of a McDaniel wrestler in 4:01. Brown finished the season 18-16, with a career mark of 29-28. The pin was his fourth of the season.

Sophomore Chris Gibson and freshman Ethan Powell won bouts on the way to the consolation finals at 157 and 165, respectively. Gibson won by fall in his opening match, and Powell won a 23-17 decision in the consolation semis.

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Last updated February 21, 2004