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1998-99 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 15 to February 21
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
DOUMATO SHARES PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior Jim Doumato of the Muhlenberg men's basketball team has been named co-player of the week by the Centennial Conference for his performance in the Mules' 96-90 defeat of seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall.Jim DoumatoThe 6-7 center scored a season-high 25 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds before fouling out with 1:11 to play in regulation. He is averaging 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and is shooting an incredible 77.4 percent from the field in his last six games. Doumato shared the honors with Steve DeVore, who scored 30 points in Washington's 104-100 overtime victory against Ursinus.


MUHLENBERG SWEEPS EAST HOOPS TITLES
Muhlenberg is the only school to have both its men's and women's basketball teams qualify for the postseason in each of the six years of the Centennial Conference's existence. For the second straight season, the 'Berg hoops teams have swept the CC East titles. The women wrapped up their fourth straight division title by defeating Haverford on Feb. 9. The men won their fifth division crown (outright or shared) by toppling Swarthmore on Feb. 17. Both teams have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, which will begin with a semifinal doubleheader at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The women face Western Maryland at 6:00, and the men follow against Johns Hopkins. Women's standings through games of Feb. 17:

EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG  12-3   15-9
Washington   9-6   15-8
Swarthmore   7-8   12-12
Ursinus      7-8   10-14
Haverford    4-11   6-18
Bryn Mawr    0-15   1-21
WEST
J. Hopkins  13-1   20-4
Western Md. 11-3   17-7
Gettysburg   8-6   13-11
F & M        6-8   12-12
Dickinson    3-11   6-18
And now the men:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   9-4   17-7
Washington   8-5   15-9
Ursinus      8-5   12-12
Haverford    3-10   5-19
Swarthmore   2-11   4-20
WEST
F & M       12-1   21-3
J. Hopkins  10-3   19-5
Gettysburg   9-4   15-9
Dickinson    3-10   8-16
Western Md.  1-12   4-20

A CASE FOR MUHLENBERG AS #1
The Muhlenberg men's team could be considered as the No. 1 team in college basketball. Follow this: The Mules defeated Swarthmore by more points (34) than either Lafayette (19) or Yale (29) did. Also, Muhlenberg defeated Haverford by more points (45) than did Lafayette (34). Lafayette and Yale both defeated Princeton. Princeton defeated UNC Charlotte. UNC Charlotte defeated Cincinnati. Cincinnati defeated Duke, the consensus #1 team in the country. Therefore, Muhlenberg deserves to be right up there with Duke!

Tuesday, February 16
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Swarthmore 63, Muhlenberg 56. A milestone night for senior JILL ROTH was spoiled when Swarthmore came from behind in the second half to defeat Muhlenberg for the first time in 14 games. Roth became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she stole a pass and drove in for a layup with 5:43 left in the game. She was the second Mule to reach the milestone in the last eight days, following classmate SARAH CLARKE. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY led 'Berg with 17 points against Swarthmore, all in the second half. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 17
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 83, Swarthmore 73. The Mules overcame a superlative shooting effort by Tim Schofield to clinch homecourt advantage throughout the Centennial Conference playoffs. The win, combined with Ursinus' 68-67 loss to Gettysburg, gave Muhlenberg its second straight outright CC East title and its fifth division crown (won or shared) in the six years of the CC's existence. Schofield scored 36 points and was the main reason the Garnet led, 48-46, five minutes into the second half. But junior ERIC NOTHSTEIN scored seven of his 16 points in a 16-3 run that gave the Mules control of the game. Nothstein also finished with six rebounds and a career-high four steals. Junior CHRIS KENNY led a balanced attack with 18 points. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER recorded his third double-double with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, senior JIM DOUMATO scored 12 points, and junior KENYAMO McFARLANE dropped in 10. Muhlenberg is 11 games over .500 for the first time in six years. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 20
WRESTLING Muhlenberg finished third at Centennial Conference Championships. Freshmen BILL HOLSINGER, TYLER CATHEY and ANDY FAUST all received bids to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships after leading the Mules to a third-place finish at the CC Championships, held at Memorial Hall. This is the first time since 1994 that Muhlenberg has qualified three wrestlers for the nationals. Holsinger (25-6) and Cathey (10-4) earned automatic bids by winning the championships at 141 and heavyweight, respectively. Faust received the CC's wild-card berth after losing a tight 5-3 overtime decision to Bob Onorato of Ursinus in the final. The bout, tied 2-2 after regulation, went to a rideout after both wrestlers were penalized a point for stalling in overtime. Onorato scored a reversal of Faust early in the rideout. Faust advanced to the final by pinning his first two opponents to raise his record to 28-5, tying the school record for wins in a season. Senior CRAIG FARRIS (157 pounds) and freshman ADAM HORNER (174 pounds) finished second in their respective weight classes. Click here for complete results.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 54, Ursinus 52. Senior JILL ROTH sank two free throws with two seconds left as the Mules wrapped up their regular season by edging Ursinus. Roth also hit a jumper with 47 seconds remaining to tie the game at 52 and finished with 15 points. Freshman JENNIFER RISLEY scored a career-high 11. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Ursinus 63, Muhlenberg 61. Ursinus held on to defeat Muhlenberg and force a second-place tiebreaker game with Washington in the Centennial Conference East. The Mules, who finished the regular season 17-7 for the first time in six years, had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but were called for a five-second violation. Juniors MATT SCHNEIDER and CHRIS KENNY and senior JIM DOUMATO scored 15, 14 and 13 points, respectively, for 'Berg. Click here for box score.


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Last updated February 20, 1999