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MEN’S BASKETBALL ELIMINATED
Stewart, O’Brien Named to All-CC Team

Junior center Jeff Stewart and senior forward Jimmy O’Brien of the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team.

Stewart was voted to the first team, completing a three-year climb that saw him earn honorable mention as a freshman and make the second team last year. He leads the CC in scoring (19.3 points per game), rebounding (10.1 rebounds per game), double-doubles (14) and blocked shots (49) and is seventh in field-goal percentage (.523). The first Mule to receive All-CC honors each of his first three seasons, Stewart also leads the team with 39 steals. After three seasons, he already is ninth in Muhlenberg history and 19th in CC history with 1,345 points, and his 684 rebounds are good for 11th on the all-time CC list.

O’Brien received honorable mention for the second time in three years. He led the Mules in assists (71) and was second in steals (38) and rebounding (5.8 rebounds per game) and third in scoring (11.2 points per game). This was the third year in a row that O’Brien finished in the team’s top three in all four categories.

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with an 85-79 loss to Washington in the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs.

Playing without their leading scorer and rebounder for the second game in a row, the Mules (14-12) put together another inspired effort, but fell short down the stretch.

Muhlenberg shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half, scoring the
WOMEN TO FACE McDANIEL

In the women’s first-round playoff game, McDaniel defeated Gettysburg, 79-63, to earn the right to face Muhlenberg in one of the CC semifinals on Saturday.

This will be the fourth playoff meeting between the Green Terror and Mules in the last five years. McDaniel is the two-time defending CC champion.

final four points to take a 42-38 lead into the locker room. The Mules held on to the advantage until the Shoremen (13-13) went on a 10-0 run to take a 72-67 lead with 5:45 left.

Muhlenberg closed to within one, at 74-73, but a three-point play and a three-point field goal gave Washington breathing room at the three-minute mark.

The closest the Mules got the rest of the way was 83-79 when junior Chris Pothering hit a three-pointer – the team’s school-record-tying 169th of the season – with 50 seconds left. Muhlenberg missed its next two shots, however, and the Shoremen made a pair of free throws.

Junior Chris Huber scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the first half and finished the season with 63 three-pointers, just two short of the school record. Muhlenberg’s lone senior, Jimmy O’Brien, scored 14 points in the last game of his career.

Washington goes on to play Ursinus in a CC semifinal on Saturday.

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Last updated February 22, 2006