men’s basketball drops key game;
That's the way it went for the Muhlenberg men's basketball team, which came out fighting but did not have enough at the end and lost to Haverford, 84-72, in a key Centennial Conference game.
It wasn't a knockout, though. The Mules (12-12, 8-9) slipped into sixth place in the CC, one game behind both Haverford and Ursinus. If Muhlenberg beats Ursinus in Saturday's regular-season finale, and Haverford loses to rival Swarthmore, the Mules will make the playoffs as the fifth seed.
The Mules answered the opening bell by making five of their first seven shots to open up a 13-5 lead. But the Fords (12-11, 9-8) shot 63 percent in the first half and opened up a 41-32 lead at the break.
With Hargrove and a couple of other regulars injured and leading scorer Spencer Liddic in foul trouble, Muhlenberg played long stretches of the second half with four freshmen on the floor. The Mules closed to within two points with 11 minutes to play, but Haverford pulled away to win by12.
Liddic finished with 16 points, and Hargrove, who returned with about seven minutes left in the second half, added 13 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Freshman Austin Curry (15) and senior Evan Tozer (11) also scored in double figures.
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