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basketball teams swept at gettysburg

Pallotta Third at Ursinus

Nick Pallotta

Junior Nick Pallotta of the Muhlenberg wrestling team took third place in the heavyweight bracket at the Homecoming Invitational, hosted by Ursinus.

Pallotta went 4-1, winning two bouts by pin and two by decision. In the consolation final, he posted a 3-1 decision against an Ursinus wrestler to whom he lost in November.

Two other Mules, junior Kevin Homan at 141 and senior Bill Sholly at 184, reached the consolation final before losing to finish fourth. Senior Keith Swanson improved his team-best record to 12-5 with a 3-1 day, including a pair of pins in the consolation bracket.

Muhlenberg finished sixth out of seven teams.
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While the start was almost picture perfect for the Muhlenberg menís basketball team against Gettysburg, the ending was anything but perfect.

The Mules stormed out of Austin Curry the gates by scoring the gameís first nine points. But that hot start eventually cooled as Muhlenberg fell, 61-54, by the battlefield.

Junior Spencer Liddic was a big reason for the Mulesí opening salvo. He compiled a double-double by halftime and finished with a team-high 20 points and 16 rebounds.

After falling behind out of halftime, Muhlenberg (8-7, 4-4) charged back and took the lead midway through the half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore Rob Berish. The game was tied at 42 with nine minutes left before Bullets (9-6, 6-2) went on a 10-2 run to take command.

Freshman Austin Curry (right) joined Liddic in double figures with 14 points, while Berish added 10 points and 5 boards.
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In the first game of the doubleheader, the Muhlenberg women shot a season-low 29.3 percent from the field and fell at Gettysburg, 70-57.

The Mules (10-3, 6-2) cut a 13-point deficit to five with seven minutes to play by going on an 8-0 run, but the Mules could not get any closer as the Bullets (10-4, 5-4) closed the game with a 15-7 run.

Senior Kelly McKeon scored a season-high 17 points. Juniors Alexandra Chili and Kathleen Naddaff joined McKeon in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The loss dropped the Mules into a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Centennial Conference with Johns Hopkins (8-2) and Ursinus (7-2), their next two opponents.
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