Saturday, January 6, 2007
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In what turned into a three-point shooting contest between the Muhlenberg and Gettysburg mens basketball teams, Mule senior Chris Pothering had the money ball.
Pothering made all three of his three-point tries in overtime to account for nine of Muhlenbergs 13 points in an important 67-64 win the Mules first at Gettysburg in 12 years.
The victory enabled Muhlenberg (5-6, 4-1) to snap a three-game losing streak and remain tied for second place in the Centennial Conference. It came just three nights after a difficult 80-61 home
You have to have a short memory, thats for sure, said Pothering, who finished with a career-high 16 points. We realize that the conference games are really key for us, and to win one on the road is big.
Potherings three-pointer in the first minute of overtime gave the Mules a 57-54 lead, but the Bullets (2-9, 0-5) came back to go ahead 61-59 with two minutes left before the teams started trading three-point tries. Potherings three at the 1:42 mark was answered by Gettysburg 17 seconds later, leaving the home team ahead, 64-62.
Pothering drilled another three-pointer with 57 ticks on the clock to put Muhlenberg back on top, 65-64, and the Bullets misfired from long range on their next trip. Senior Chris Huber grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with 26 seconds left, making the score 67-64.
A potential game-tying three by Gettysburg in the final five seconds was off the mark. The Mules rebounded but missed two free throws that would have put the game away. The Bullets got the rebound, dribbled across halfcourt and lost control before they could get off a desperation shot.
Muhlenberg trailed by 10 points four minutes into the second half, but gradually whittled the deficit down. We did a good job exploiting their defense and using double screens to get open shots in the second half and overtime, noted Pothering.
Trailing 52-46 with 5:20 left in regulation, the Mules scored eight straight points to take their first lead since early in the first half. A three-pointer by Huber and jumper by senior Tom Scott knotted the score a 52 with 3:13 on the clock. The game remained tied until sophomore Chris MacIntosh connected on his only field goal of the game at the 43-second mark. Gettysburg made a bucket 16 seconds later, and Muhlenberg missed a pair of shots in the closing seconds.
The Mules have won their first two CC road games, doubling their total from all of last season, coming back from double-digit deficits in both.
I think our team has a lot of character. When we get down, theres no quit. We dont have a superstar this year; its just a combined effort of people sucking it up and doing all the little things right, said Pothering, the seventh different player to lead Muhlenberg in scoring in 11 games this season.
Senior Jimmie Riggins also scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his third double-double in four games.
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Last updated January 6, 2007