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Four wrestlers place at W&L

Turnovers Plague Men’s Basketball

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team made it interesting, but in the end it could not overcome a plethora of turnovers in falling, 65-58, at Washington.

The loss drops the Mules (8-6, 6-2) back into a three-way tie for first
Foster’s double-double was the fifth of his career.
place in the Centennial Conference with Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg, both winners at home.

Despite holding a 47-24 advantage in rebounds, Muhlenberg was done in by 31 turnovers, many of which came on a staggering amount of illegal screen calls.

Washington led for much of the first half and took its biggest lead of the period, 28-23, with 2:29 left. But the Mules ended the half with six unanswered points, on a three-pointer from senior Ryan Foster and a three-point play by senior Obi Nwizugbo, to enter the break leading by one.

Muhlenberg continued its run to start the second half, scoring seven straight. But the Shoremen (7-5, 5-3) responded with a 17-2 run, going from down eight to up seven in an eight-minute span.

The lead grew to 55-43 with 6:36 before the Mules started slowly chipping away at it. A jumper by sophomore Spencer Liddic and a pair of free throws from senior Brian Frankoski brought Muhlenberg to within six, 62-56, with 1:23 remaining. But a charge call and a pair of missed threes in the final minute ended the comeback attempt.

Liddic and Foster both recorded double-doubles. Liddic had 11 points and 18 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Mule in four years, and Foster had 15 and 10. Nwizugbo added 10 points and seven boards.
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Kevin Homan

Four members of the Muhlenberg wrestling team reached the final or consolation final at the Washington and Lee Invitational, coming away with a second-place finish, two third and a fourth.

Sophomore John Sternlicht was responsible for the second-place finish, dropping a two-point decision to the top-seeded wrestler at 174.

Sophomore Kevin Homan (above) came in third at 141, winning two consolation bouts. Homan was pinned in his first bout by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, a Waynesburg athlete who pinned his three opponents in a total of 4:10. Homan lasted the longest on the mat against him (2:05) and came back with a pin and a 2-0 decision against an opponent from Johns Hopkins in the third-place bout.

Freshman Chris Galletta, making his debut for the Mules, placed third at heavyweight by scoring a pin in his second bout. Sophomore Nick Pallotta, competing at 197 for the first time, split four bouts to finish fourth.

The Mules came in sixth in the team standings.
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