Big second half carries Muhlenberg

Steve Wilson © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Steve Wilson © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Mules use 32-10 second half to hand McDaniel third straight loss

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Spencer Liddic recorded 23 points to lead Muhlenberg to a 67-40 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.

Ryan Foster and Peter Barnes added 11 and 10 points respectively for the Mules (7-4, 5-0 CC), who outscored the Green Terror (6-5, 2-2 CC) by a 48-15 margin over the final 26:27 of the game, including by a 32-10 margin in the second half.

Steve Wilson (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) led McDaniel with a season-high nine points.

Trailing 25-19 with 6:27 to play, Liddic hit a layup to spark a 7-0 burst that gave Muhenberg a one-point advantage just 1 minute, 12 seconds later.

After two ties and three lead changes, a Foster hit a layup and Evan Tozer drained a 3-pointer in the final minute of the first half to give the hosts a 35-30 lead at the break.

A Foster triple 3:20 into the second half gave Muhlenberg its first double-digit lead at 46-34.

Foster hit a layup at the 9:04 mark to cap a quick 6-0 burst that gave the Mules a 58-36 lead.

The Green Terror never got closer than 20 en route to its largest margin of defeat since an 83-56 loss to St. Mary's (Md.) to open the season and fewest points since a 65-39 loss to Clark on Dec. 29, 2004.

Tied at 9-all just over five minutes into the contest, Wilson hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-4 stretch. Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) hit a triple to cap the run and give McDaniel a 20-13 lead with 9:44 to play in the first half.

Michael McClain (Takoma Park, Md./Montgomery Blair) and Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) added eight points apiece for the Green Terror.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Haverford on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.