January 18, 2014

Mules Pull Away From Shoremen, 76-62

Weston Totals 16 Points; Flanigan Nets 15 Points and Hawkins Scores 14 Points

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg's Malique Killing scored a game-high 20 points en route to a 76-62 victory over visiting Washington College at Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game.  The Mules improve to 10-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 4-11 and 3-5 respectively.

Muhlenberg led 17-16 with 8:19 to go in the first half following a three-pointer by Washington sophomore forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) when the Mules went on a 10-4 run to take a 27-20 lead with 4:43 left in the half on a triple by Austin Curry.  Washington would respond though with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 29-29 with 2:42 left in the first half on a layup by senior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) after he stole the ball.  However the Mules scored the final six points of the first half to take a 35-29 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Mules scored eight of the first 13 points to take their largest lead of the game at 43-34 with 15:51 left in the game on a James Albano three-pointer.  Washington would respond though with a 15-8 run to cut the lead to 51-49 with 9:11 remaining on a three-pointer by junior forward Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's).  However, the Mules scored 14 of the game's next 19 points to take a 65-54 lead with 4:05 left on an Albano make and led to a Washington timeout.  The Shoremen got it within nine twice the rest of the way, but could draw no closer.

Killing also had three steals to tie for tops in the game and was joined in double figures in scoring by Albano with 17 points and Curry with 10 points.  Kevin Hargrove and John Hunter had nine rebounds each to lead all players as the Mules held a 41-29 advantage of the boards.  Muhlenberg, who held a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint, shot 51% from the floor (28-for-55), 36% from three-point land (4-for-11) and 80% from foul stripe (16-for-20). 

Junior guard John Weston (Tampa, Fla./Bolles School) had 16 points to lead WC, including 11 in the first half.  Flanigan netted 15 points, while senior forward Tony Hawkins (Mt. Ephraim, N.J./Haddon Township) added 14 points.  Weston and sophomore forward Dave Knox (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) both had six boards to lead the team, while Cunningham tied Killing for tops in steals with three.  Washington shot 35% from the floor (22-for-63), 22% from three-point range (5-for-23) and 65% from the free throw line (13-for-20). 

Washington turned it over 14 times, while Muhlenberg coughed it up 21 times, but could only outscore the Mules in points off of turnovers by a 16-14 margin.

Washington is back in action on Wednesday night when they head across the Chesapeake Bay for an 8:00 p.m. Centennial contest at Johns Hopkins.

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