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Disappointing Hoops Season Ends in Disappointment
Women Falter in Second Half

Junior Lacie Smith scored a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team lost to Ursinus 73-62, in the final game of the season for both teams.

The Mules (11-14, 7-11) led 37-32 at halftime, but struggled from the field, and especially from three-point range in the second half, allowing the Bears (12-13, 8-10) to come from behind for the victory.

Muhlenberg only shot 34.4 percent from the field and went 1-for-14 from three-point range in the second half. The Mules were outscored 41-25 after halftime.

Ursinus took the lead for good with just under 12 minutes remaining during a stretch in which the Mules went 4:39 without scoring. The Bears expanded the lead to eight before the Mules scored five straight points to close the gap.

A three-pointer by junior Kristen Piscadlo followed by a Smith layup the next time down the floor got the Mules to within three with less than eight minutes to go. The Bears followed with a layup of their own, and the Mules would not get any closer the rest of the way.

It was the final game for seniors Aril Bryant and Gwen Doyle, who both were in the starting lineup for the Mules.

Bryant opened the scoring with a layup less than 30 seconds into the game for her only points, and also had two assists and two steals. She finished her career with 185 assists, tying her for 10th on the Mules all-time list.

Doyle scored her three points on a three-pointer. She ended her career with a three-point field goal in a team-record 54 consecutive games. Doyle made 64 threes on the season and had 186 in her career, both team records.

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Men Drop Another Close One

The Ursinus men’s basketball team broke away from a 61-all tie in the final five minutes and held off Muhlenberg, 76-71, foiling the Mules’ bid to end their season with a five-game winning streak.

The game showed the fine line between success and near-success. The Bears (16-9, 13-5) are going on to the Centennial Conference playoffs as the second seed, while the Mules (12-13, 9-9) ended the season two games out of the final playoff spot. Muhlenberg went 1-7 in games decided by five points or fewer, including four such losses to playoff teams.

Muhlenberg used an 8-0 run early in the second half to take a 45-38 lead, but Ursinus came back to tie the score at 52. There were ties at 57 and 61 also, after which the Bears’ Nick Shattuck took over, scoring 12 of his game-high 35 points in the last five minutes.

The Mules were within one, at 72-71, after a layup by Ryan Bonda with 44 seconds left, but Shattuck’s three-point play on the ensuing possession sealed the game.

Sophomore Jeff Stewart closed out his amazing sophomore season with his CC-record 16th double-double. In addition to 16 points and 12 rebounds, he blocked four shots and recorded five steals. Stewart’s 486 points tied for the fourth-most in school history, and his 56 blocked shots were just two off the school record.

Donté Borden and Dennis Severino, two of the four seniors playing in their final game, both scored in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Borden finished the year with 92 assists, the most by a Mule in seven years, and a school-record assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.24.

Bonda ended his career sixth on the Muhlenberg all-time list with 116 three-pointers.

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Last updated February 22, 2005