LANCASTER, Pa. — No. 9 Muhlenberg took down Franklin & Marshall on Thursday, 62-54.
The game was the closest of the year for Muhlenberg (12-0, 7-0), which was held to its lowest point total and didn’t grab its first double-digit lead until the final two minutes. In each of the Mules’ first 11 games, they led by at least 15 points at some point in the second half.
The Diplomats (9-5, 6-3) led for most of the first half. They had their biggest advantage at 20-14 with eight minutes to play before Muhlenberg went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. Alita Zabrecky’s bank-shot 3-pointer from the wing made it 21-20.
The Mules tried to pull away in the second half, extending their lead to seven three times, but F&M closed the margin to one, 44-43 with 11:06 left.
On Muhlenberg’s next possession, Alexandra Chili drove baseline for a reverse layup. Then she grabbed a defensive rebound and led a fastbreak that ended with a layup by Zabrecky.
The next time down, Chili made two free throws to push the lead to seven once again, and the Diplomats never got closer than four the rest of the game.
Chili finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and no turnovers.