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Friday, January 4, 2002

Bob Porambo Goes over 1,000 Career Point Mark As Elizabethtown Defeats King's, 85-65, Blue Jays at Their Best Start Ever through 11 Games

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown senior forward Bob Porambo (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) led the Blue Jays with 21 points in Friday's 85-65 win over King's, bringing his career scoring total to 1,011. With that milestone, he becomes the 26th player in Elizabethtown men's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

The win saw a milestone for the team as well. With the victory over King's, Elizabethtown improves to 10-1 overall this season, the best record Elizabethtown has ever had through its first 11 games.

King's falls to 10-2 overall with the loss.

In additon to Porambo, who also led the team with nine rebounds along with Jon English (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township), Etown received double-digit scoring efforts from three other players. Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) added 17 points to the Blue Jays' total, and Brian Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) and Rocky Parise (Harrisburg, PA/Bishop McDevitt) tied for the team lead with five assists while scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Brian Horgan and Dennis Hobbs led King's with 14 points each, while Steve Hite led the Monarchs underneath with 11 rebounds.

Elizabethtown fell behind to King's at the beginning of the game, but the Blue Jays came back to take a 13-10 lead with 12:47 remaining in the first half on a Parise three-pointer. Etown surged ahead to 21-12 at 9:52 following a pair of Porambo treys. King's mounted a comeback to cut Etown's lead to 33-30 by halftime.

Porambo hit 1,000 with 12:48 remaining in the game to give Elizabethtown a 49-36 lead. King's cut the lead to seven by 6:04 on a Hobbs three-pointer to narrow the score to 61-54. Etown then outscored King's 24-9 in the closing six minutes.

The Blue Jays return to action against the University of Maine-Farmington at 6:00 p.m. on the second day of King's Ramada Inn Classic tournament.

View the box score.