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HOOPS: ONE STREAK ENDS, ONE GOES ON
Women Suffer First Loss

Thirteen proved to be unlucky for the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team, as the Mules suffered their first loss of the season after 13 straight wins, 65-53 at defending Centennial Conference champion Swarthmore.

The Garnet (13-3, 6-0) also took sole possession of first place in the CC East with the win. The two teams play each other again at Muhlenberg on Feb. 13.

Eighth-ranked Muhlenberg (13-1, 5-1) held a 19-13 lead midway through the first half, but then went cold from the field. Swarthmore went on a 16-0 run over an eight-minute span, and although the Mules made two field goals in the final minute of the half they went into the locker room facing a 29-23 deficit.

Muhlenberg closed to within one point on three separate occasions in the second half, the last coming at 42-41 with 8:55 to go, but Swarthmore was able to pull away. The Mules entered the game 10th in Division III in scoring offense, averaging 78.5 points, but were held to a season low in points.

Sophomore Becky Richmond recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

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WRESTLERS SWEEP CC TRI-MATCH

Seniors Bill Holsinger, Tyler Cathey and Andrew Faust all extended their winning streaks as the Muhlenberg wrestling swept a tri-match at Johns Hopkins, defeating the hosts, 35-6, and Gettysburg, 32-12.

Muhlenberg (13-5, 3-1) has now won eight matches in a row, six of them by 20 points or more.

Holsinger recorded a pin and a major decision at 149 to improve his perfect record for the season to 20-0. Only five of his wins have been by regular decision; he has 10 pins, three majors and two forfeit wins.

Cathey scored a 3-0 decision against Johns Hopkins at heavyweight for his 29th consecutive win in dual meet and his 60th career win overall. He has never lost a bout to a CC opponent.

Faust (165/174) ran his winning streak to nine with a decision and a major decision. Junior Joe Salerno (157) also went 2-0.

Junior Nate Yeasted (141) had his winning streak snapped at 15 in the Gettysburg match.

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Men’s Streak Reaches 10

Junior Aaron Holden tied a career high with 20 points and senior Mark Lesko recorded his third double-double in six days to lead the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team to its 10th straight win, 63-47 at home against Swarthmore.

The winning streak is the ninth of 10 or more games in program history.

The Mules (13-3, 5-1) never trailed in the game, breaking away from a 4-4 tie with eight straight points and maintaining a lead of at least five points the rest of the way. Muhlenberg held the Garnet (4-10, 1-4) to 32.8-percent shooting in keeping a Centennial Conference opponent under 50 points for the first time in three years.

Holden scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Lesko finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and the 27th of his career. The 14 points moved him into a tie with Dennis Roth (1954-57) for 12th place on the Mules’ all-time scoring list with 1,250. He also blocked two shots to become the program’s career leader with 144.

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Last updated January 19, 2002