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1,000-point sign Junior Jeff Stewart joined the Muhlenberg men’s basketball 1,000-point club in the Mules’ 60-42 home win against Swarthmore.

Stewart reached the milestone on a 12-foot jumper with 16:52 left in the second half after freshman – and former high-school teammate – Michael Bernardini drove the baseline and kicked the ball back out to him. He is the 31st player in Muhlenberg men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points, and the 11th to do it in three seasons.

Stewart got to 1,000 in his 56th career game, tying the school record set by Bob McClure
Jeff Stewart
Stewart, who reached career milestones of 500 rebounds and 100 blocked shots at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, added 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and the 27th of his career.
36 years ago. McClure finished his career as the Mules’ all-time leading scorer with 1,788 points.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while,” said Stewart. “I didn’t do it in high school, and it was a goal I set for myself when I got here.”

Stewart’s big night was otherwise an off-night; he missed six of his first seven shots and finished with a modest 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting.

“That’s been a problem for me all year, finishing around the basket,” he said. “I was a little anxious too and I’m sure that contributed to it.”

Muhlenberg (5-2, 1-2) was also anxious to get its first Centennial Conference win of the season after dropping its first two league games on the road last week. Senior Jimmy O’Brien contributed in a big way, scoring a season-high 22 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for his third career double-double.

The Mules had trouble putting away the winless Garnet (0-8, 0-3), as both teams struggled with their shooting throughout the game. Two early three-pointers by junior Christopher Strachan and 4-for-4 shooting by O’Brien paved the way for Muhlenberg’s 33-26 halftime lead.

Swarthmore made only one field goal in the first five minutes of the second half to fall into a 13-point hole, but went on a 10-2 run after calling a timeout to close to within five with 7:25 to play. O’Brien hit a three-pointer on the Mules’ next trip, then converted a nifty pass from junior Jimmie Riggins into a layup 22 seconds later to extend the lead back to 10.

Junior Brandon Mefford gave Muhlenberg a big lift off the bench, hitting a three-pointer and pulling down a career-high nine rebounds.

The 42 points were the fewest ever allowed by the Mules in a CC game. They held the Garnet to 29.8-percent shooting for the game and 16 second-half points.

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