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Men Go Cold in Second Half

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team was in good shape at halftime of its game at Franklin & Marshall, down two points. Then came the second half.

The Mules (5-7, 4-2) made only two field goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half and the two-point deficit ballooned to 28. The Diplomats (5-8, 4-2) shot 63.6 percent from the field in the last 20 minutes and ran away to win, 69-49.

Justin Fields

Senior Justin Fields (above) scored seven of his team-high 10 points in the first half.

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Losing at Franklin & Marshall to have its 11-game winning streak snapped last year was enough to make the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team sick. Apparently, so was the ride back to Lancaster this year.

With several players under the weather, the Mules scrapped their way to a 75-64 victory, extending their latest winning streak to 11. It is the third 11-game run in the last two
Lauren Boyle
Boyle, who also pulled down seven rebounds, leads the Mules in scoring at 15.9 points per game.
years for Muhlenberg, which moved up to 19th (WBCA) and 20th ( in this week’s polls.

Sophomore Lauren Boyle tied a career high with 25 points, seven in a game-ending 16-5 run that enabled the Mules (11-0, 6-0) to pull away from a 59-all tie. With her team holding on to a 63-60 lead, Boyle hit a jumper, then converted a three-point play after a Diplomat miss to extend the bulge to eight.

Junior Abra Like, who rushed off the bus and into the gym (and not because she needed to get taped), assisted on two baskets and scored a point on a free throw in the game-closing run. Despite her condition, she finished with 10 points and seven assists in 29 minutes.

“I was sick, so I was tired and hurting,” she said. “At halftime, everyone else left the locker room and I got mad. That gave me some emotion to get me through the second half.”

The Mules trailed by nine points eight minutes into the game, but back-to-back baskets by Like late in the first half sent them into the locker room with a four-point lead. Muhlenberg was ahead by nine with 12:40 left before F&M (3-8, 2-3) went on a 13-4 run to tie the score.

Senior Emily Wright scored 14 points, and classmate Meghan Courtney added 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Bethany Enterline tied a season high with eight points.

After shooting 40 percent in the first half, the Mules made 13 of 24 (54.2 percent) of their second-half tries.

“We know that we’re not shooting as well as we were before Christmas, but that happens,” said Like. “We adjusted well and played good defense on number 24 [Sarah Meisenberg, who scored 18 points, but only seven on 2-of-9 shooting in the second half].”

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Last updated January 9, 2007