Weekend Men's Hoops Recap
Austin Curry, Muhlenberg
Muhlenberg 60, Franklin & Marshall
On the eve of the Muhlenberg men’s basketball showdown with No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, senior Spencer Liddic was given a fortune from a fortune cookie that read, “You are on the verge of something big.” Less than 24 hours later, he turned that fortune into reality as tied two Centennial Conference records to help the Mules pull off a 60-58 upset that keeps them in a tie for fourth in the conference, one game out of second. Liddic finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, tying the marks for career rebounds (947) and double-doubles (41). It’s the second straight year he reached a milestone in a home win over a ranked F&M team; last year he scored his 1,000th point in the 71-67 win. Georgio Milligan led the Diplomats with 15 points.
Dickinson 79, Washington College
The Dickinson College men's basketball team won a key Centennial game at one of the toughest gyms in the conference. The Red Devils used a strong start and held off a late rally by host Washington College to move into second in the standings with a 79-74 win. Gerry Wixted finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 25 points while controlling 13 rebounds. He went a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line and dished out four assists. Adam Honig tallied 17 points, six assists and a pair of three-point field-goals on the day. Kevin Breslin finished with 22 points, all in the second half, to lead Washington (13-8, 9-5).
Ursinus 67, Gettysburg 59
Paced by 20 points from junior forward Jon Ward (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and 14 points off the bench from junior guard Matt Donahue (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity), the Ursinus College men's basketball team defeated Gettysburg 67-59 Saturday afternoon. Ursinus, needing every win possible to stay alive in the Centennial Conference playoff race with two weeks to go, rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Bullets (9-12, 6-8 Centennial) 43-28 in the second half. Gettysburg got 12 points each from Tim Lang, Christian Bors, Sean Gordon and Alex Zurn in the loss.
Johns Hopkins 73, Swarthmore
Visiting Johns Hopkins used a 22-0 run midway through the second half to take control of the game before going on to win 73-56 at Swarthmore Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 12-9 overall and 8-6 in Centennial Conference play. The Garnet fall to 1-20 overall and 1-13 in conference play. George Bugarinovic led the Blue Jays with 13 points, going 5-of-7 from the field with five boards and two steals. Adam Spengler chipped in 12 points, while Aleksandar Nikolic added 11 on 5-of-7 shooting. Will Gates led the Garnet with a game-high 16 points while Jay Kober finished with 11 points.
Haverford 51, McDaniel 49
Haverford College's men's basketball team withstood a furious second-half rally by visiting McDaniel College and hung on for a 51-49 victory in an important Centennial Conference victory for the Fords on Saturday afternoon in Gooding Arena. The win keeps Haverford (8-13, 6-8 CC) within striking distance of the fifth and final spot for the postseason conference tournament while McDaniel (7-14, 4-10) likely sealed its fate with the loss. Cam Baker finished with a team-high 14 points and got help in the offensive end with Ian Goldberg's 13 and Bo Friddell's 11 points. Doug Macrone posted a game-high 15 points for McDaniel and Evan Pupelis led all rebounders with 11 in the loss.