CHESTERTOWN, MD – Muhlenberg's Malique Killing had game-highs of 20 points and four steals as the visiting Mules downed host Washington College, 86-71, on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference men's basketball action at the Cain Athletic Center. The Mules improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Shoremen fall to 0-5 and 0-3 respectively.
The Shoremen led 26-24 with 7:16 left in the first half following a jumper by freshman forward Dave Knox (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South) when the Mules closed out the half on a 17-6 run to take a 41-32 lead at intermission. Killing would tie the game on a layup at 26-26 with 6:41 to go and then he put Muhlenberg up for good on a layup with 5:39 to go in the first half. He capped a run of seven straight points in 90 seconds on a traditional three-point play with 5:11 remaining. Killing scored 10 of the team's 17 points during the run.
In the second half, Muhlenberg led 48-41 with 16:40 to go following a jumper by Washington sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) when the Mules went on a 13-6 run to grab a 61-48 lead with 12:09 to go in the contest on a James Albano lay-in. The Shoremen would cut it to 62-54 with 10:33 left on a three-pointer by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) before the Mules put the game away with a 24-12 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 20 points, 86-66, with 1:01 remaining on a pair of free throws by Jesse Lerner. The Shoremen scored the last five points to provide the final margin.
Killing also had five assists for the Mules in the win. Austin Curry added 16 points for the Mules, while Matt O'Hara handed out a game-best 10 assists. Brandon Bovino was tops in the game with a pair of blocked shots. The Mules shot 57% from the floor (28-for-49), 44% from three-point range (7-for-16) and 79% from the foul line (23-for-29). It was Muhlenberg's first win in Chestertown since a 77-71 win on December 8, 2007.
Poarch led Washington with 15 points and tied his career-high in assists with six. McShane added 14 points, while sophomore forward Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's) had 12 points and a career-best six board. Junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) tied his personal-best with eight rebounds to lead all players. WC shot 38% from the field (27-for-71), 38% from behind the arc (12-for-32) and 46% from the foul line (5-for-11).
The Mules outscored the Shoremen in the paint, 42-26, in fast break points, 18-6, and in bench points, 24-23. The Shoremen had the edge in second-chance points, 12-7, and points off turnovers, 24-14. Muhlenberg held a slim 37-35 edge on the boards and turned it over 15 times, while Washington had 13 turnovers.
The Shoremen look to break into the win column on Wednesday night at Swarthmore with tip time slated for 7:00 p.m. in conference action.