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When basketball coaches tell their players they want them to communicate more on the court, this isn’t what they have in mind.

After making a layup with 36 seconds left in the first half to give Muhlenberg a 39-27 lead on Swarthmore, sophomore Mike Bernardini was called for a technical foul.

“I said something I shouldn’t have said,” he explained. “I’m an emotional player, and I got caught up in the heat of the
Brandon Mefford
Senior Brandon Mefford scored seven points and added four assists and four rebounds. His three-point play off a driving layup gave the Mules a 53-46 lead with 10:44 left.
moment. I apologized to the team and tried to come out strong in the second half.”

Come out strong he did, scoring 17 of his career-high 21 points after the break as the Mules held on to complete a season sweep of the Garnet, 78-65.

The win was the second in a row for Muhlenberg (7-14, 6-9), coming on the heels of an eight-game losing streak. With three games left in the regular season, the Mules are one of five teams with 7-8 or 6-9 records contending for the final two Centennial Conference playoff spots.

Muhlenberg, which came back from double-digit deficits to defeat Swarthmore earlier in the season and Franklin & Marshall in its last game, needed no such rally this time.

Swarthmore (10-12, 7-8) held an early six-point lead, but the hot shooting of freshman Ryan Foster helped put the Mules on top. Foster made all three of his three-point tries in the first half and added a jumper after a steal, scoring all 11 of his points in a 13-5 surge that gave Muhlenberg a 30-22 lead.

Senior Tom Scott scored seven straight points in the last three minutes of the half, then assisted on the Bernardini layup that extended the lead to 12.

The Garnet cut the gap to four points four times in the second half, but each time the Mules had the answer. Bernardini, Scott and sophomore Chris MacIntosh combined to go 9-for-10 from the foul line in the last two minutes, and Scott capped the win with a breakaway dunk.

Scott finished with a season-high 20 points, giving Muhlenberg two 20-point scorers for the first time this season.

“The key to this win was that we played great team defense, especially on their big guys,” noted Bernardini.

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