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Mules Fall Lame; Lose to Notre Dame in Homecoming Game

Noah Daves, Staff Writer

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It didn’t take long to see that the bigger, short-handed Mules wouldn’t be able to keep up with a smaller, fully-staffed Notre Dame Bulldogs team, falling lame quickly.

The Mules, who were left to fend without their two starting guards, Marcedus Leech and Rodney Houston, picked up 8 of their 14 turnovers in the first quarter alone, seeming to lose the ball on every possession up the court.

Blake Bauwens led the way for Notre Dame with 19 points, while Dawson Dohogne chipped in 16, and Carter Dame added 11, respectively.

Notre Dame found success on the offensive side of the ball, shooting 21 of 36 shots, a very good 58%.

“We took good care of the ball, we looked for really good shots, (and) when you do that you have a chance to be pretty successful,” Notre Dame coach Paul Unterreiner told the Daily American Republic.

The Mules, who scored a minuscule 46 points, were paced by Dominique Hardimon, who led the way with 21 points, and Willie Lucas who added 11. This was their second-lowest point total of the season, after being held to 43 against Jackson.

“They picked us apart,” Poplar Bluff coach Will Durden said to the Daily American Republic. “They were clearly the better team.”

“They’re playing really well right now, and we’re on a roller-coaster,” Durden told the Daily American Republic. “We’re struggling.”

Notre Dame sank 21-38 shots, scoring 64 points, grabbing 20 rebounds, 15 assists, and 5 steals, and 1 block, while committing 11 turnovers.

Poplar Bluff sank 17-38 shots, scoring 46 points, picking up 18 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks, while committing 14 turnovers. The Mules also committed 19 fouls, compared to the Bulldogs’ 13.

The Mules finished their season 15-9, going 1-1 in their final two games, beating Dexter 76-46, but, falling to Charleston 65-60.


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Mules Fall Lame; Lose to Notre Dame in Homecoming Game