Four Double-Digit Scorers Give Bullets Victory Over Muhlenberg

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. A balanced scoring attack, featuring four players in double-digits, helped lead the Gettysburg College men's basketball team to win a big Centennial Conference game against Muhlenberg College in Bream Gym Saturday evening.
 
Sophomore Avery Close (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) team-high 19 points led a Bullets (4-11, 3-5 CC) offense that saw four players reach double-digit scoring. Senior Alec Warren (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) contributed 15 points, hitting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. Junior Nick Lord (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor) produced 13 points, while junior Nick Antolini (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) posted 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Close scored 19 points in 20 minutes of action and netted 12 in the final three minutes of the game. He also grabbed seven boards.
 
Matt Gnias recorded a game-high 29 points, going 8-of-11 from the free throw line, to lead Muhlenberg (8-7, 5-3 CC). Nate Henty Brown chipped in 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
 
Freshman Jack Rooney (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) drained a pair of free throws to help Gettysburg fire off a 12-2 run six minutes into the first half. The Bullets went on to hold the largest advantage of the half at the 7:56 marker when Antolini connected on a jumper to take a substantial 23-10 lead.
 
The Mules drilled three 3-pointers on their next three possessions to chip the deficit down to three (25-22).
 
Warren banked three of his game-high five treys in the last five minutes of the first half to boost the Orange and Blue advantage 36-29 heading into halftime.
 
Close netted the first basket for Gettysburg 32 seconds into the second half. After that, the Mules spurted a 9-0 run, holding the Bullets scoreless for roughly the next four and a half minutes to tie the game at 38-38.  
 
The two teams continued to exchange baskets as seven ties and four lead changes occurred the remainder of the game.
 
With 6:10 showing, Warren's hot hand from the 3-point range fueled a 7-0 run as he knocked down two threes with Close adding a made free throw to push the advantage 66-59.
 
Muhlenberg nailed two 3-pointers in the final minute to come within striking distance, but the Bullets kept their composure and held off the Mules for the victory, thanks to Close scoring the team's final 12 points.
 
Gettysburg went 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) overall and made 18-of-24 (75 percent) from the charity stripe. Muhlenberg finished 22-of-54 (40.7 percent) from the field and 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) from the free throw line. The Bullets held a 38-33 advantage in rebounds.
 
Gettysburg travels to Collegeville, Pennsylvania to play against Ursinus College in another Centennial Conference affair on Wednesday, January 16th at 7 p.m.