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The Kutztown Invitational indoor track meet ended late Friday night. Results will be posted on Saturday’s Mule Sports Daily.
Men Fall Short in Nightcap
Men Can’t Overcome Hot Hopkins Start

Like it did on Tuesday, the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team faced a team that was undefeated in the Centennial Conference. Like it did on Tuesday, Muhlenberg fell behind early and trailed for most of the game.

Just like in the Franklin & Marshall game, the Mules rallied to make it a close game in a closing minutes against Johns Hopkins. But for the second straight game, the result was a close loss.

The Blue Jays (10-2, 6-0) made six of their first eight shots to open up a 15-8 lead after only five minutes. Hopkins widened its lead and maintained a seven-to-13-point margin for most of the second half.

Thanks to the shooting of sophomore Jimmy O’Brien, who was 5-of-7 from three-point range, and junior Ryan Bonda, who made back-to-back threes, Muhlenberg (4-8, 2-4) gradually crept back into the game.

A layup by O’Brien with 6:26 left cut the gap to four, 58-54, but Hopkins extended the lead to nine again. With 1:26 left, O’Brien hit a three, and 44 seconds later he fed freshman Jeff Stewart for a layup that made it a four-point game (66-62).

After the Blue Jays made one of two free throws, freshman Tom Scott was fouled attempting a three-pointer and drained all three foul shots to make the score 67-65 with 10 seconds left. The Mules pressured the inbounds pass, but Hopkins threw long for a clinching layup.

O’Brien finished with a game-high 21 points, while Stewart added 12 points and eight rebounds.

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In a battle of Centennial Conferences powers, No. 13 Johns Hopkins defeated the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team, 99-93, in overtime at Memorial Hall. The loss snapped a 25-game CC regular-season home winning streak for the Mules.

The Blue Jays (11-1, 6-0) jumped ahead early, scoring the first eight points of the game, but the Mules (10-2, 5-1) fought back quickly to take the lead less than seven minutes in. Hopkins tied the score five times, the last time coming on an Amanda Leese jumper with 23 seconds left in regulation. A three-pointer 20 seconds into overtime gave the Jays their first lead in over 48 minutes, and held on for the rest of the extra period.

Senior Jill Friedman led six Mules in double figures with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and sophomore Kristen Piscadlo scored 16 and dished out seven assists.

The Mules led by three points at halftime, and scored the first eight points on the second half to extend the margin to 11. Hopkins stayed close throughout, thanks to a 61-46 edge in rebounding. The Blue Jays also hit 20 of their 26 free throws, while Muhlenberg was just 19-of-34 from the line.

The Mules led 85-81 late, but Leese scored twice in the final minute to send the game to overtime. She finished with a game-high 23 points and 20 rebounds. Sophomore Stephanie Coluccini led the Mules with seven boards and scored 11 points.

Sophomore Tiffany Kirk and senior Susan Marchiano each scored 13 points, and senior Lindsay Tis added 10.

The game set a CC record for most combined points (192), breaking the mark of 189 set in the Muhlenberg-Washington game on Jan. 5.

With the win, Hopkins remains tied for first place in the CC with McDaniel, which won at Ursinus tonight. The Mules will have a chance to hand the Green Terror its first conference loss and move into a tie for second place when McDaniel visits Memorial Hall on Saturday.

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Last updated January 16, 2004