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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team led at halftime, but was outscored 52-28 in the second half and dropped an 86-63 decision at DeSales.

It was the ninth straight win for the Bulldogs (9-1), who have won 22 of their last 23 home games – the lone exception being a 64-60 loss to the Mules two years ago.

Senior Anthony Strachan recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He did most of his damage (15 points, eight rebounds) in the first half, leading the Mules (4-5) back from an early 12-0 deficit.

After drawing to within five points, Muhlenberg trailed by 13, at 29-16, before going on 19-5 run to close out the first half and take a one-point lead into the locker room. Strachan had seven points and sophomore John Jemmott added six in the big run.

DeSales regained a double-digit lead by opening the second half on a 15-4 run and led by at least eight points the rest of the way. The Bulldogs shot 62.2 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Jemmott finished with 10 points and three blocks, and senior Toomey Anderson reached double figures for the second straight game with 11 points.

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Freshmen combined for 63 points as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team defeated Bryn Mawr, 90-40, in its first home game in more than 40 days.

Six of the eight Mule freshman set or matched career highs in points, led by Stephanie Coluccini
Stephanie Coluccini
Coluccini, who also had seven rebounds, scored 10 of her 14 points in the final minute of the first half and the first three minutes of the second half. Photo courtesy of
and Lindsay Orosz with 14 apiece. Muhlenberg (5-4, 2-0) rested its five starters against the winless Owls (0-9, 0-3).

The Mules led by only seven points, 27-20, with two minutes remaining in the first half, but scored the final eight points of the period and opened the second half with a 21-2 run to extend their lead to 34 points.

Junior Jill Friedman, who also scored 14 points to tie her career best, had eight points and three rebounds in the first five minutes of the second half to help Muhlenberg blow the game open.

Freshman Lacie Smith narrowly missed a double-double, with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while classmate Michelle Hirst had nine points and six boards.

The two first-year point guards also had their best games, as Sam Tager scored a career-high six points and Kristen Piscadlo, making her first career start, tied a career high by scoring five points to go along with three assists and three steals.

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Last updated January 8, 2003