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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Weeks of December 27 to January 9
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Two Muhlenberg basketball players rank among the Division III national leaders, according to the first statistical release of the 1999-2000 season. Through games of Jan. 2, junior forward Jennifer O’Neill was sixth in the country with a free-throw percentage of .886. On the men’s side, sophomore center Mark Lesko rated 28th by averaging 9.6 rebounds per game.
Wednesday, January 5
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 68, Albright 63. Playing without two of their injured starters, the Mules opened up the New Year with an impressive win against Albright, ranked 18th in the Columbus Multimedia national Division III poll and the only team to have defeated Franklin & Marshall. Muhlenberg scored the final 6 points of the first half to open up a 33-27 lead and remained in front the entire second half. Freshman Michael Rossmell led a balanced scoring attack with a career-high 14 points. Senior Eric Nothstein and sophomore Mark Lesko scored 7 apiece, and senior Kenyamo McFarlane netted a season-high 8. Freshman Anthony Strachan had 4 assists, no turnovers and 2 blocked shots and played outstanding defense on the Lions' All-America guard, holding him to 4 points and no field goals. Click here for box score.

Friday, January 7
MEN’S BASKETBALL Scranton 69, Muhlenberg 65. Scranton scored the final 5 points to escape with a win in the first round of the Union Invitational. The Mules advance to the consolation game, where they will face New York Maritime, a 92-72 loser to Union. The Muhlenberg game featured 15 lead changes. The Royals had the biggest edge of the game at 64-57 with 2:59 to play, but the Mules scored the next 8 points, 6 on two three-pointers by sophomore Bill Cwieka, to take a one-point lead with 1:43 left. Scranton hit a three-pointer at the 30-second mark to go up for good and added two free throws with 5 ticks left. Sophomore Mark Lesko had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Sophomore Michael Barletta, senior Scott Nielsen and freshman Michael Rossmell scored 8 points apiece. Click here for box score.

Saturday, January 8
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Moravian 60, Muhlenberg 59. The Mules suffered a heartbreaking loss when their crosstown rivals hit a three-pointer with 6 seconds left to eke out a one-point win. Muhlenberg led for most of the game and had an 11-point advantage (49-38) with 9 minutes left, but the Greyhounds came back to tie the score at 55 on a three-pointer with 2:38 to play. The teams were tied at 57 before junior Jessica Drennan sank two free throws with 14 ticks left. Drennan finished with a season-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Jenn Risley scored 10 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 70, New York Maritime 55. Senior Eric Nothstein recorded career highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double to spark Muhlenberg to a win in the consolation game of the Union Invitational. The Mules trailed, 46-38, with 11 minutes to play, but held the Privateers to only one field goal over the next 10 minutes to pull away. Muhlenberg took control with a 16-2 run that included three straight three-pointers by Nothstein and 7 points from sophomore Mark Lesko, who finished with his second straight double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) in addition to 4 blocked shots. Nothstein was named to the all-tournament team. Sophomore Michael Barletta (12 points) also scored in double figures. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 36, Western New England 16; Muhlenberg 36, MIT 18; Muhlenberg 25, Wesleyan 22; Bridgewater State 39, Muhlenberg 10. Competing for the first time in more than a month, Muhlenberg won three out of four matches to tie for the second-best record at the North/South Duals. Sophomore Tyler Cathey was a perfect 4-0 at heavyweight, winning two of his matches on pins and another on a major decision. Sophomores Bill Holsinger (141) and Andy Faust (149) and junior Dan Ochoa (165) all went 3-0, Holsinger pinning each of his first two opponents in less than a minute. Freshman Nathan Yeasted was 3-1 with a major decision at 133. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated January 12, 2000