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Wednesday, January 5, 2005
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Milestones for Madeira, Bonda

Dickinson 80, Muhlenberg 57: The Mules suffered from poor shooting for the second time in three days and suffered their first Centennial Conference loss of the season.

Muhlenberg (7-3, 4-1) shot just 25.4 percent from the field and made only two of 23 three-point attempts. The 57 points were the fewest scored by the Mules in two years.

The Red Devils (7-1, 3-1) turned a 9-8 deficit into a 22-10 lead by holding Muhlenberg without a field goal for a four-minute stretch of the first half. The Mules closed out the first half by making just one basket in the final 7:28 and trailed 42-21 at the break.

Sophomore Meghan Courtney scored 10 points to lead the Mules, while junior Valerie Robuck added nine.

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New York University 28, Muhlenberg 19: For the second year in a row, NYU came from behind to defeat Muhlenberg by winning the final three bouts.

The Mules (1-1), competing for the first time since December 9, fell into an early 12-0 hole but took the lead with four straight wins. A major decision by sophomore John Hesse, a decision by sophomore Matt Loesch and freshman Joe Tartar’s team-leading sixth pin of the season gave Muhlenberg a 13-12 edge.

The schools then traded forfeits before the Violets (8-4) won on a major decision and pin in the last two contests.

Loesch’s win was his team-leading 10th of the season, and Hesse ran up a four-minute riding time advantage en route to his third major. Hesse has received a riding time point in eight of his 12 bouts.

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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team shot 59.4 percent from the field and won its first game of the new year, defeating Dickinson, 102-54.

The victory gave 18th-year Head Coach Dave Madeira a career record of 255-185, tying him with current Athletic Director Sam Beidleman for the most wins by a head coach in the College’s athletic history. Beidleman coached baseball from 1970 to 1992.

Few of the wins came easier than this one, as the Mules (6-4, 3-0) reached the century mark for the first time ever in a
Jimmy O'Brien
O’Brien, who missed the Mules’ last game after taking a shot to the nose, had four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal to go along with his 15 points.
Centennial Conference game and for the first time since toppling Elms, 115-68, in last year’s Scotty Wood Tournament.

The Mules, who snapped a three-game losing skid, are also 3-0 in CC play for the first time ever and one of two remaining undefeated teams in the league.

Muhlenberg led from start to finish, making 13 of its first 21 field-goal attempts to open up a 32-14 lead 11 minutes into the game. The Mules did not commit a turnover until five minutes remained in the first half and took a 23-point lead (50-27) into the locker room.

On the defensive end, Muhlenberg held the Red Devils (5-5, 2-1), the top three-point shooting team in the CC, to four threes, including just one in the first half. The Mules held their opponent under 40-percent shooting (36.2) for the third straight game and the sixth time in 10 games this season. Dickinson’s top two scorers, who came in each averaging 17.9 points per game, combined for nine points on 3-for-18 shooting.

Muhlenberg, which had a 47-24 advantage on the boards and recorded 25 assists with only eight turnovers, led by as many as 52 points late in the second half.

Sophomore Jeff Stewart led five Mules in double figures with 18 points and nine rebounds in only 18 minutes of action. Junior Jimmy O’Brien scored a season-high 15 points, and sophomore Jimmie Riggins had career highs of 11 points and eight rebounds.

Senior Ryan Bonda scored 12 points, half of them on two three-pointers that gave him an even 100 for his career. He is the eighth player in team history to reach the century mark.

Sophomore Chris Pothering also scored 12 points, making four of six three-point attempts, while senior Donté Borden dished out six assists without committing a turnover.

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Last updated January 5, 2005