Mules Overcome Multiple Double-Digit Deficits to Defeat Shoremen, 88-82

Mules Overcome Multiple Double-Digit Deficits to Defeat Shoremen, 88-82

Dixon Scores Career-High 21 Points in Loss for Shoremen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Visiting Muhlenberg College overcame an early 14-point deficit and an 11-point deficit midway through the second half en route to an 88-82 Centennial Conference men's basketball win over host Washington College this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. 

Muhlenberg 88, Washington College 82

How It Happened
- The Shoremen made nine of their first 11 shots and raced out to a 20-6 lead following a Tas Dixon lay-up with 14:01 left in the first half.
- The Mules answered with a 15-2 run to get back to within a single point on a Ryan Gaynor lay-up with 11:22 remaining, but the Shoremen scored 10 of the next 13 points to build a 32-24 lead on a Dallas Marshall lay-up with 8:19 showing.
- Muhlenberg later used a 10-0 run to take a 41-38 lead on an Owen McLeod lay-up with 1:08 remaining in the half. Austin Allen cut the lead to one with a jumper for the Shoremen 20 seconds later on the other end. Cole Storm had a chance to put the Shoremen back in front before the intermission, but his three-point attempt came up just short as time expired and the Mules took the 41-40 lead into halftime.
- A 15-4 Washington run in the second half gave the Shoremen a 66-55 advantage on a Marshall three-pointer with 10:09 to play. Washington held a 68-60 lead with nine minutes left before the Mules went on a 16-6 run to take a 76-74 lead on a Nick Rindock jumper with 5:31 remaining.
- The Shoremen regained the lead on a Josh Porteous lay-up with 2:47 to go, pulling ahead, 80-78, but the Mules scored the next five points as a Matt Gnias lay-up gave them an 83-80 lead with 1:48 left.
- Barry McCormick cut the lead to one with a pair of free throws 20 seconds later, but a Gnias three with 30 seconds to go gave the Mules a four-point lead. After a pair of missed free throws on the other end by the Shoremen, Rindock sealed the win with two free throws with 16 seconds to go for the Mules. 

For the Shoremen (5-14, 2-10 Centennial Conference)
- Dixon (career-high 21 points, 8-for-9 field goals, 6 assists); Allen (career-high 19 points, 9-for-12 field goals, 5 rebounds); Marshall (18 points, 6-for-7 field goals, 6 rebounds, 5 assists); Porteous (15 points, 5 rebounds)
- The Shoremen shot 52% from the field, 37% from three-point range, and 65% at the free-throw line. 

For Muhleberg (8-11, 6-6 Centennial Conference)
- Rindock (24 points, 11-for-13 free throws, 5 assists); Gnias (22 points, 6 rebounds); McLeod (14 points, 5 rebounds); Spencer Duke (10 points, 5-for-6 field goals, 6 rebounds)
- The Mules shot 52% from the field, 26% from three-point range, and 85% at the charity stripe.
- Muhlenberg held a slim 32-30 advantage on the boards and turned the ball over 14 times to the Shoremen's 21.

- Allen was named the Chestertown McDonald's Shoremen Player of the Game.

Up Next for the Shoremen
1/31 v. Haverford - 8:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)