mens basketball bows in semis
The Mules ended their best season since 2002 with a record of 16-11, while the 23rd-ranked
The two teams were called for 61 fouls and combined to shoot 88 free throws. Four players fouled out and six others ended the game with four fouls. F&M shot 41 free throws in the second half alone.
Muhlenberg got off to a rocky start, missing 10 shots and committing six turnovers in the first seven minutes to fall behind 10-0. But after getting their bearings the Mules chipped away at the lead and trailed by only four at halftime.
The Mules finally tied the score at 46 with 11:19 left and took their first lead the next trip down on a putback by senior Tim Murray. The game was tied at 56 with 7:26 left before F&M scored the next three points, and Muhlenberg never got closer than one. A four-point possession by the Diplomats, with a three-pointer coming off a rebound of a missed second free throw, made the score 67-62 with five minutes left. F&M did most of its damage from the foul line the rest of the way.
Freshman Spencer Liddic led the Mules in scoring for the second straight playoff game with 15 points. Junior Brian Frankoski (13), senior Chris MacIntosh (12) and junior Ryan Foster (10) also scored in double figures, and senior Darrell Roth added 9 points in his last career game.
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