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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team looked a little different when it stepped out onto the court this evening, but when the final buzzer sounded, the outcome was fairly familiar. Despite an overhaul of the starting lineup, the Mules lost their sixth game in a row, this time falling to Dickinson, 69-50.

Muhlenberg (5-12, 4-7) led for most of the first half but fell behind 23-21 with 2:14 remaining before the break. Senior Chris Pothering responded for the Mules, converting a four-point play on a three-pointer and a foul shot to regain the lead for his team, 25-23, with 1:51 on the clock. Freshman Peter Barnes added an insurance point on a free throw after he was fouled at the buzzer, and the Mules went into the locker room up by three, 26-23.

In the second half, the Red Devils (5-12, 3-8) came out of the locker room on a 7-0 run to take a 30-26 lead, and they never looked back. Dickinson shot 67.9 percent in the second half and led by as many as 25 with 4:28 remaining.

Pothering led the Mules with 13 points in the loss, and Barnes added a career-high nine rebounds.

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Loesch Win Highlights Wrestling Loss

Although it did not affect the outcome of the match, senior Matt Loesch of the Muhlenberg wrestling team scored a big win near the end of the Mules’ 26-13 home loss to King’s.

Back-to-back first-period pins at 157 and 165 gave the Monarchs a 23-3 lead, and although Muhlenberg (2-2-1) won three of the final four bouts, it was not enough to defeat King’s for the first time in 16 years.

Loesch, a two-time All-American who is ranked fifth in Division III at 197, faced Jason Reilly, who had beaten him in three straight meetings. Entering the bout, Loesch had nine career losses outside of the NCAA Tournament, and three of them came to Reilly, including a pin last year.

After a scoreless first period, Loesch scored a takedown with 15 seconds left in the second. A pair of escapes by Reilly sent the match headed into the final period tied at 2-2.

Loesch elected to start the period on his feet and took Reilly down 30 seconds into the period. He recorded another takedown with 30 seconds left and added a riding time point to come away with the 7-3 decision.

In the matchup of two nationally ranked wrestlers at 133, King’s junior Dave Morgan, ranked second, scored a 16-6 major decision against eighth-ranked Mule junior Billy Hall.

In addition to Loesch, sophomores Rob Kein and Justin Fitch and junior Joe Tartar earned wins, with Fitch recording five takedowns en route to a major decision.

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Last updated January 24, 2007