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Saturday, December 11, 2004
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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team rebounded from an early 17-point deficit to take a lead, but DeSales executed better down the stretch and won, 90-85, snapping the Mules’ four-game winning streak.

The two teams combined to shoot 58.9 percent in the game. The Bulldogs (5-2) shot an amazing 70.8 percent in the first half, making their first 10 shots to sprint out to a 25-8 lead.

Muhlenberg cut the gap to 11 by halftime, but trailed by 12 points (57-45) five minutes into the second half before going on a 16-4 run to tie the score. Sophomore Jeff Stewart scored seven of his team-high 22 points in the run.

The Mules took their first and only lead of the game when senior Donté Borden stole the ball and converted a layup to make the score 74-72 with five minutes left. DeSales broke a 77-all tie by hitting a three-pointer with 2:17 to play and led, 87-83 with 14 seconds left. Muhlenberg missed two of four free throws the rest of the way, while the Bulldogs converted three of four to hang on.

In addition to his 22 points, Stewart pulled down seven rebounds in a game with few misses and blocked three shots. Sophomore Chris Pothering made four three-pointers and finished with a career-high 14 points. Borden had seven assists and four steals to go along with seven points.

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Women’s Basketball Escapes Drew

Back-to-back baskets by sophomore Meghan Courtney keyed a decisive 8-0 run that helped the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team escape Drew with a 92-89 victory.

The win sends the Mules into their winter break with a 7-1 record.

The Rangers (5-2) came into the game allowing only 45.3 points per game. Muhlenberg scored 45 points in the first half alone, but trailed by a point at the break. Despite using only seven players, Drew stayed with the deeper Mules all game and took a 10-point lead, 71-61, with 9:30 to play.

Muhlenberg shot its way back into the game and went on top, 80-79, on a three-pointer by senior Gwen Doyle with 4:53 left. A putback by the Rangers gave them their last lead, 81-80.

On the Mules’ next possession, junior Tiffany Kirk, who scored 14 points, was fouled after grabbing one of her team-high seven rebounds and made one of two free throws. After a turnover, Courtney took a pass from senior Aril Bryant in the lane and hit a jumper to give Muhlenberg the lead for good at 83-81.

Bryant then stole a pass a midcourt and fed Courtney for a fast-break layup. Doyle capped the burst with another three-pointer, making the score 88-81 with three minutes to play.

Drew cut the gap to one, 90-89, in the last minute and got the ball back with 12 seconds left after the Mules missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Rangers’ point guard dribbled the ball off her foot, however, and junior Kristen Piscadlo corralled the loose ball. She made both free throws, capping her season-best 19-point performance.

Courtney and junior Stephanie Coluccini each scored 10 points for the Mules, who made 13 three-pointers.

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Last updated December 11, 2004