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After squandering double-digit leads in dropping its last two home games, the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team made sure one didn’t get
Greg Pask
In his first varsity game of the season, junior Greg Pask gave the Mules a big lift with a pair of buckets. He also assisted on freshman Peter Barnes’ first career basket, a dunk late in the first half.
away, holding off Haverford to win its first Centennial Conference game of the season, 77-71.

The Mules (2-2), who came in shooting just 36.4 percent from the field for the season, made 50 percent of their field-goal attempts and built an 18-point lead (53-35) when senior Chris Huber hit his third three-pointer of the game with 13:28 left in the second half.

Muhlenberg had a 17-point lead (62-45) with 8:48 on the clock, but the Fords (0-4) held the Mules to one field goal over a six-minute stretch, going on a 17-4 run to close to within four. Huber’s pullup jumper on the baseline and tough reverse layup were both answered by Haverford scores, and the teams entered the final minute still separated by four points.

Senior Brandon Mefford, who had taken only one shot in the game, hit a jumper from the top of the key with 47 seconds left, but the Fords sliced the lead to three (72-69) with a long three-pointer. Mefford made both ends of a one-and-one with 25.2 ticks on the clock, and three more free throws clinched the win.

“We always had good defense and good offense in the first half,” said Jimmie Riggins, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. “We just had to work on the second half.”

Up by seven at the break, Muhlenberg used some nice passing to expand its lead at the start of the second half, with Justin Fields feeding Tom Scott for a backdoor layup and Riggins finding Scott open under the basket for another layup. The Mules also beat the Fords in transition several times.

“We realize we’re a smaller team now, so we have to get up and down the floor,” said Huber, who led all scorers with 26 points.

Muhlenberg held Haverford to 27-percent shooting in the first half, but the Fords stayed in the game by making 14 of 15 free throws. They made all 11 of their attempts in the second half, finishing 25-of-26 (96.2 percent) from the line.

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