Merlo, Curry Share Player of Week Honors


Centennial Conference
Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week

Andrew Merlo, McDaniel
Junior, Guard, 5-10
Rehoboth, Del. / Cape Henlopen HS

Austin Curry, Muhlenberg
Senior, Guard, 6-0
Jamison, Pa. / Germantown Academy

Merlo tallied a career high-tying 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to lead the Green Terror past Lebanon Valley, 79-73. He matched his career best with six three-pointers. Curry scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half as the Mules won at DeSales for the first time in 13 years, 83-64. He was 7-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from long range, while handing out three assists and grabbing four boards.

Previous Players of the Week
Nov 18: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Nov 25: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Dec  2: Karl Barkley, Swarthmore, Jr., G
Dec  9: Connor Poston, Gettysburg, Sr., F; Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
Dec 16: Andrew Merlo, McDaniel, Jr., G: Austin Curry, Muhlenberg, Sr., G



For the first time since 2003, the Centennial has two teams at 8-1 and 6-1 at this juncture of the season. Muhlenberg toppled Washington and Lee on Monday night to improve to 8-1, while Dickinson has a 6-1 overall mark and a 4-0 record in Conference play. Franklin & Marshall (8-1) and Johns Hopkins (6-1) got off to similar starts 11 years ago.

Freshman Cody Kieffer (Gettysburg, Pa.) posted his second double-double of his young career with 10 points and 11 caroms in the Bullets' loss at Shenandoah.

For the first time since the 2005-06 season, Muhlenberg defeated both of its Lehigh Valley rivals - Moravian and DeSales - in the same campaign. It is also the first time in 35 seasons that the Mules defeated both opponents on their home courts. Senior Kevin Hargrove (Queens, N.Y.) became the fourth player in Centennial history to block 200 shots in a career.

Swarthmore's 73-43 victory over Baptist Bible was the Garnet's most lopsided win over an opponent since the program defeated Philadelphia Bible by an 82-41 score on Jan. 21, 2008. Freshman Chris Bourne (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) led the way with 16 points and six rebounds.