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Playing at different sites, the Muhlenberg basketball teams both posted wins against Haverford that were significant for different reasons. The men established themselves as a legitimate Centennial Conference playoff contender with their 93-75 win, while the women continued to rewrite the Division III record book with their 133-80 victory.

For a summary of the women’s game, see page 2.

Men Win Fourth Straight

Senior Donté Borden scored seven of his career-high 18 points in a late 11-0 run that lifted the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team to a 93-75 win at Haverford.

Coming in to the game, the Fords (1-5, 0-2) were billed as “the best 1-4 team in Division III,” with three of its losses coming in close games to defending national
Brandon Mefford
Mefford was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
runner-up Williams, perennial national contender Catholic and defending Centennial Conference champion Franklin & Marshall. Haverford qualified for a CC playoff tiebreaker game last season, when they handed the Mules a 33-point loss at Alumni Field House.

This game was nip-and-tuck the whole way, with neither team enjoying a lead of more than five points until the final stretch. The 13th and final tie came when the Fords made a jumper with 6:46 to play to knot the score at 66.

Borden hit a three-pointer 16 seconds later to give the Mules (5-1, 2-0) the lead for good, then made two free throws after he was fouled attempting to rebound a Haverford miss. After a jumper by sophomore Jeff Stewart, Borden again was fouled on a rebound and sank two more free throws.

Stewart’s jumper at the five-minute mark capped the 11-0 run, which left Muhlenberg with a 77-66 lead. Haverford never got closer than nine points after that, and the Mules went 8-for-11 from the free-throw line to pull away.

Stewart finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double in a row. The 22 points gave him 509 in his career in his 31st game. Only two players in the long history of Muhlenberg men’s basketball reached the 500-point mark earlier, and both did it in their 30th game.

Also recording a double-double, his first, was freshman Greg Pask, who had career high of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Brandon Mefford played an outstanding game, scoring a career-high 11 points and recording five steals while dishing out three assists with no turnovers in 20 minutes.

Senior Ryan Bonda narrowly missed his first double-double, with 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

The Mules shot 50 percent or better from the field for the third game in a row, improving their season scoring average to 80.2 points per game. The 93 points were the most scored in a regulation win on the road since 1993. Muhlenberg is 5-1 for the first time in nine years.

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Last updated December 8, 2004