Men’s basketball takes Muhlenberg to the net, 75-76

By Andrew Milone, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Junior Cody Kiefer racked up eighteen points against Muhlenberg last Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Junior Cody Kiefer racked up eighteen points against Muhlenberg last Saturday.

It’s an exciting time for the Gettysburg Men’s basketball team as they have won six of their last seven games, including a win this past Saturday against Muhlenberg College. The final score was 75-67, with the win pushing the team into second place in the Centennial Conference.

For the last fourteen games, the men’s basketball team has been known to be a team who threatens from behind the arc. The team has recently been showing off this strength as of late, scoring ten three-pointers for the second consecutive game. Junior Pete Christ and sophomore teammate Cam Stewart have cracked into the top ten in three-point percentage of the Centennial Conference as a result.

Stewart credits experience and knowledge for the resent success. He said, “With our starting five having at least a season under their belts, we have worked the offense well and now have a good understanding of when and where we can get good shots from. Having this knowledge means we tend to be more open on the court and thus creates easier shots for us to knock down.”

The first half in the game against Muhlenberg started off with Gettysburg trailing until a seven point outburst put the Bullets ahead 14-12. Stewart hit a three-pointer during this stretch. Going into half, the Mules had the lead 30-28, but it wouldn’t take much time for Gettysburg to respond. Hitting two quick baskets from the floor tied the game up at 32-32 until a trio of three-pointers gave them the lead for good.

The Mules would move within three points with less than two minutes remaining on the clock, but another three-pointer from Stewart would seal the victory. Stewart’s fourth three-pointer of the game and seven free throws would ensure that the advantage would go to the orange and blue. Junior Cody Kiefer finished with eighteen points to lead a Bullets team that would have four players reach two figures in the scoring column of the box score.

Even when the score is close near the closing minutes, the Bullets have a special talent of always finding a way to win. This is the sign of big things to come for the Bullets.

Kiefer said, “In the final minutes of the second half we develop a sense of urgency and confidence that makes us hard to stop. I think that we are very resilient and don’t get worried or panic when things aren’t going our way. We never count ourselves out and compete the whole game and that is what makes us so tough to take out at the end of a game.”

The Bullets are definitely looking like a solid, well rounded team that will challenge their Centennial Conference opponents. The team will be looking to take home a championship win this season, which they have not done since the ’08-’09 season.

With senior Kevin Gladstone in the top ten in the conference in field goal percentage and assists per game, a championship and a bid into the national tournament is looking like a stronger possibility every day.

It’s not just the offense though, but the team’s improvement on the other side of the ball. Gladstone said, “Defense has been the biggest improvement since the beginning of the year.  It is putting us in a good position to win most games even if we are having a down shooting night.”

Look for this team to continue their winning run when they face off against Swarthmore College in a Centennial Conference rematch this Saturday at 3 pm in Bream Gym

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