Monday, February 13, 2006
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TO STAY IN PLAYOFF HUNT
In a makeup of a game twice postponed by snow, the Muhlenberg mens basketball team used a blizzard of scoring by its frontcourt to keep its Centennial Conference playoff hopes alive with an 81-59 home win against McDaniel.
The Mules (13-10, 8-8) had flurries at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to build a lead of as much as 39 points. With two games remaining in the regular season,
Starting forwards Jimmy OBrien and Tom Scott combined with center Jeff Stewart to score 48 points and shoot 71 percent (22-of-31) from the field. They scored Muhlenbergs first 16 points of the game.
Meanwhile, the Mule defense did a nice job blanketing the backcourt that was so damaging in the Green Terrors 80-72 win a month ago. McDaniels two starting guards combined for 37 points in the last
Ahead 14-10 seven-and-a-half minutes into the game, Muhlenberg got a spark from junior Brandon Mefford to begin to pull away. After Stewart missed the second of two free throws, Mefford snagged the offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to begin a possession that ended with a Stewart layup.
The next time down the court, Mefford tapped a rebound back to Chris Huber for a jumper.
A three-pointer from the corner by junior Chris Pothering gave the
Muhlenberg led by 12 points with 2:30 on the clock before closing the half on a 12-2 run, including a three-pointer by Huber with time winding down, to take a 22-point lead into the locker room.
The Mules shot 59.4 percent in the first half and are hitting at a 56.8-percent clip in the first 20 minutes of their last five games.
McDaniel came out with a smaller lineup in the second half, but Muhlenberg foiled the strategy by opening the half on a 17-4 run. The Mules made 11 of their first 16 shots in the second half, taking a 70-31 lead on Meffords three-pointer with 10:35 left.
Stewart finished with game highs of 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, notching his 13th double-double of the season. Scott and Huber each scored 16 points, while OBrien contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Muhlenberg has defeated McDaniel 15 straight times at home since 1987.
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