Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Saturday, December 4, 2004
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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team used tough defense and strong shooting to overcome a slow start and defeat Washington, 85-64, in its
Chris Pothering
Pothering scored all nine of his points in the second half and also had two assists without a turnover in 20 minutes.
Centennial Conference opener, improving to 4-1 for the first time since 1998.

The Shoremen (2-3, 0-1) made nine of their first 15 shots and broke a 9-all tie with an 11-0 run to go up 20-9 midway through the first half. The Mules responded with a 13-0 run of their own to reclaim the lead and held Washington to 30.8-percent shooting the rest of the way.

Muhlenberg ended the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 35-27 lead into the locker room. The Shoremen closed to within two points twice, the second time at 44-42 five minutes into the second half. The Mules were able to pull away, however, as a three-pointer and layup by junior Jimmy O’Brien kicked off an 11-0 run that gave them a double-digit lead they would maintain the rest of the way.

Muhlenberg shot 61.5 percent in the second half and 50 percent for the game.

Although he was limited to 23 minutes by foul trouble, sophomore Jeff Stewart posted his fourth straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. O’Brien finished with 14 points. Seniors Ryan Bonda and Chase Licata also scored in double figures, with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Muhlenberg got important contributions off the bench from senior Dennis Severino (eight points, three assists, three steals), sophomore Chris Pothering (nine points) and freshman Greg Pask (six points, five rebounds).

The Mules have won all 12 games against Washington at Memorial Hall since the start of CC play.

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Last updated December 4, 2004