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Second Half Dooms Men

A flurry of three-pointers early in the second half turned a close game into a one-sided affair and sent the Muhlenberg men's basketball team to its third straight loss, 76-56 at Ursinus.

The Mules (7-8, 3-6) trailed just 39-35 five minutes into the second half before the first-place Bears (12-4, 8-1) went on a 15-3 run that included three consecutive successful three-point attempts.

A dunk by junior Jeff Stewart off an alley-oop pass from junior Brandon Mefford and a three-pointer by Mefford brought Muhlenberg to within 11, at 56-45, with 8:47 left, but Ursinus responded by making three more three-pointers in a 75-second span en route to building a 20-point lead.

Stewart finished with a game-high 21 points and added eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Junior Tom Scott added 12 points and seven rebounds.

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A four-point possession for freshman Lauren Boyle turned the tide as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball time grinded out its ninth straight win, 53-46 in overtime at Ursinus.

Muhlenberg’s victory, combined with a Johns Hopkins win and a loss by Dickinson, creates a three-way tie atop of the Centennial Conference standings, with each team at 8-1 in conference play.

With the Mules (13-1, 8-1) trailing by a point around the midway point of the overtime period, Boyle drove the line, banked in a shot and drew a foul. She missed the free throw, but senior Lacie Smith tapped the ball back out. Muhlenberg reset the offense, and 15 seconds later Boyle hit a short baseline jumper to extend the lead to 45-42.

The Bears (7-8, 4-5) drew a foul at the other end and missed two free throws. After junior Meghan Courtney snagged the rebound, senior Kristen Piscadlo beat her defender from the wing and drove in for a layup, making the score 47-42.

Muhlenberg clinched the game at the free-throw line, as senior Stephanie Coluccini, Smith and Piscadlo each made both ends of a two-shot foul in the final minute.

Defense was the order of the day, as the teams combined to shoot 26.7 percent. The Mules led by one at halftime, but Ursinus scored the first eight points of the second half to take their biggest lead, 33-26. Muhlenberg came back with a 7-0 run to tie the score at 33 with 12:52 remaining. The teams scored eight points apiece for the remainder of regulation.

Back-to-back baskets by Coluccini gave the Mules their largest lead of regulation, 41-38 with 2:28 remaining. After the Bears’ Katie McMahon hit a three with 2:06 left to tie the score, each team went empty on its next three possessions.

Muhlenberg forced a shot clock violation, blocked a shot and caused a turnover on its last three defensive stands of regulation. Piscadlo’s desperation shot from halfcourt banged off the backboard at the regulation buzzer, sending Muhlenberg to its first overtime game in two years.

The win was the Mules’ first in an overtime game in six seasons and enabled them to tie the school record for best 14-game record, set in 2001-02.

Piscadlo finished with fine all-around numbers of nine points, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and two drawn charges while playing 43 minutes. Smith led all scorers with 14 points, while Coluccini added 13.

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Last updated January 18, 2006