COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Ursinus freshman forward Jon Ward
(Allentown, Pa./Parkland) had a gaeme-high 25 points as
the Bears (15-10, 11-7 Centennial) defeated Muhlenberg (12-12, 10-8
Centennial) 89-83 in overtime in a tightly-contested men's
basketball game on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Collegeville in the first round, as Washington locked up the third seed with a last second win over Johns Hopkins earlier in the day.
For Ursinus, junior guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) had 22 points, while senior Keith Page (Manchester, England/Blair Academy) had 15 points.
The Bears played most of the game without senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia, Pa./Holy Ghost) who was sidelined due to an injury. He did, in Willis Reed type fashion, make an appearance in the second half for 11 minutes. He did hand out three assists.
In his place, freshman point guard Matt Donahue (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity School) and senior guard Kevin McGarvey (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Penn Charter) filled in nicely. As Donahue scored 12, while McGarvey provided tough defense. Cousart, McGarvey and Page were all piaying in the final regular season home game Saturday.
For Muhlenberg, Spencer Liddic and Evan Tozer each had a team-high 20 points, while Brian Frankoski chipped in with 18.
The two teams combined for 55 fouls and 82 foul shot attempts in the game. Ursinus was 13-for-14 from the foul line in the extra frame, while Muhlenberg was 5-for-10.
Trailing by two with 18 seconds left, Muhlenberg tied the game on a jumper by Frankoski. Ursinus' last shot of regulation, a layup by Cousart, missed sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, Ursinus never trailed and outscored the Mules 9-2 over the first 2:32. Muhlenberg would only get as close as four points three times the rest of the way.
Ursinus led 36-30 at intermission and saw Muhlenberg take its biggest lead in the second half with 4:17 to go on a three-pointer by Tozer.
Muhlenberg had a 47-36 lead on the glass, with Liddic grabbing 11 rebounds. Ward, who was 13-for-15 from the line on the day, had seven rebounds for Ursinus.