ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg built a 20-point advantage over the final 11:05 of the first half to down McDaniel 74-53 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Green Terror (7-5, 2-4 CC), who had its six-game winning streak snapped.
Kevin Hargrove paced the Mules (8-4, 4-2 CC) with a triple-double, recording 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. It was just the eighth triple-double in CC history.
A Rudd 3-pointer and Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) tip-in staked McDaniel to a 5-0 lead in the game's first minute.
Behind six straight points from Malique Killing, who finished with a game-high 20 points, the Mules turned the five-point deficit into a three-point lead with 16:27 on the clock.
A Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) jumper and two Rudd free throws gave the Green Terror a 9-8 lead with 11:19 to play before Hargove responded with a layup to give the hosts the lead for good.
Clinging to an 11-10 lead after a single Rudd free throw, Austin Curry canned a triple to start a 9-0 burst that gave the Mules a double-digit lead with 8:13 remaining in the first half.
Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) hit a layup to close the deficit to 20-13 but Alec Stavestski tallied nine straight points to push the lead to 16 just 1:20 later.
Trailing 41-21 at halftime and still down 53-35 with 12:12 to play, Rudd hit a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 burst to make it a 10-point game just 1:35 later.
However, the hosts countered with a 15-1 run to seal the win with 5:17 remaining.
Echols pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds to go with five points and two assists.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Penn State-Brandywine on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.