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BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RACES COME DOWN TO WIRE

With a week and a day left in the regular season, there is still much to be decided in the Centennial Conference basketball playoff races. One thing that is for certain: both Muhlenberg teams have clinched playoff berths. Muhlenberg is the only school that has had both of its basketball teams in the CC postseason in all nine years of the league’s existence.

Women
In the East Division, Muhlenberg and Swarthmore have clinched playoff berths and are tied for first place with three games remaining. The two teams play each other Wednesday at Muhlenberg.
MUHLENBERG 10-2 18-2
Swarthmore 10-2 17-5
The West Division race is more complicated, with the top three teams separated by two games. Franklin & Marshall has soared into the division lead with 13 straight wins, but has its three remaining games on the road, including one at Johns Hopkins. Western Maryland hosts Hopkins in another big game on Tuesday.
F&M 9-2 16-4
Johns Hopkins 8-3 17-5
Western Maryland 7-4 15-6
Gettysburg 6-6 11-12

Men
Muhlenberg and Ursinus have (virtually) clinched the two spots in the East, but the order of finish will probably not be determined until the two teams play each other in the regular-season finale next Saturday. Washington’s only hope is to force a tiebreaker game by winning its three remaining games while Ursinus goes 0-3.
MUHLENBERG 7-3 16-5
Ursinus 6-4 7-13
Washington 3-7 8-13
Gettysburg dropped into a first-place tie with F&M in the West after losing to the Diplomats on Wednesday. If the two teams remain tied, the Bullets have the advantage because of a better divisional record. Johns Hopkins visits F&M for a key game next Saturday.
Gettysburg 8-2 16-5
F&M 8-2 18-4
Johns Hopkins 7-3 13-8
Dickinson 6-4 12-10

RECORDS FIT TO BE TIED

As the winter season winds down, the Muhlenberg wrestling and basketball teams have the chance to tie some records tomorrow.

• Wrestling: The wrestling team hosts Elizabethtown and Baptist
Bill Holsinger
Holsinger and the four other seniors on the roster — Tyler Cathey, Andrew Faust, David Jenning and John Slokovitz — will make their final home appearance on Saturday.
Bible Saturday at noon in its final duals of the season. The Mules (15-8) need to win both matches to tie the school record of 17 wins in a season, set last year. Senior 149-pounder Bill Holsinger, the program’s all-time leader with 113 career wins, needs to win both of his bouts to tie the school record of 22 wins in dual meets in a season. Senior heavyweight Tyler Cathey has a chance to become the seventh wrestler in school history to go through back-to-back seasons undefeated in dual meets.

• Basketball: The Muhlenberg teams have a doubleheader at Washington on Saturday, and if both win, they will tie the school record for combined wins in a season. The women are currently 18-2 and the men 16-5 for a combined 34 wins. The school record of 36 was set in the 1985-86 season, when the men went 20-7 and the women 16-8. The Mule men haven’t won at Washington since 1994, and they haven’t been 12 games over .500 since that 1985-86 season.

• Women’s Basketball: If they can defeat Washington for the second time this season, the Mules will tie the school record of 19 wins in a season, set in 1995-96.

With an 18-2 record, the Muhlenberg women are one of 10 teams in the school’s athletic history to have two or fewer losses after 20 games. The best mark was posted by the 1944-45 men’s basketball, which opened 19-1 (losing only to Temple) en route to a 24-4 finish. Following is the exclusive club, with final season record:

19-1
Men’s basketball, 1944-45 (24-4)
16-1-3
Men’s soccer, 1995 (16-1-4)
18-2
Women’s basketball, 2001-02 (?)
Women’s soccer, 2001 (19-3)
Softball, 1989 (25-6)
Men’s soccer, 1989 (18-2)
Men’s basketball, 1945-46 (23-5)
17-2-1
Men’s soccer, 1994 (17-2-1)
Men’s soccer, 1988 (19-4-1)
16-2-2
Men’s soccer, 1991 (16-3-2)


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Last updated February 8, 2002