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Saturday, February 2, 2002

Etown Gets Back to Winning Ways With 96-49 Demolition of Juniata

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown, after seeing its program-record 16 game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday night's 79-77 loss to Widener, bounced back in a big way with a 96-49 trouncing of Commonwealth Conference rival Juniata Saturday.

Juniata had taken Etown into overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season January 12. Etown improves to 19-2 overall and 9-1 in the conference with the win, while Juniata falls to 9-11 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Elizabethtown carried a 17 point, 48-31 lead into halftime, but the Blue Jays really turned up the heat in the second half. Etown began the half with a six point run in the first two minutes, and went on a 15-0 run from 15:09 to 11:41.
By 7:37 remaining in the game, the Blue Jays had long since removed all of their starters and held a 78-46 lead.

From there, Etown went on an 18-0 run until the closing seconds of the game. With the score 96-46, Juniata's Phil Haas hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to bring Etown's margin of victory down from 50 to 47.

The Blue Jays shot 60.0% (39-for-65) from the field and 47.1% (eight-for-17) from the three-point arc. Elizabethtown out-rebounded Juniata 47-22, and held the Eagles to just 31.4% (16-for-51) shooting.

Leading all Blue Jay scorers was Bob Porambo (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty), scoring 20 points and canning all five of his three-point shot attempts. Rocky Parise (Harrisburg, PA/Bishop McDevitt) led Etown with seven assists and scored seven points.

Brian Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) led Elizabethtown with six rebounds, scored 12 points, and chipped in six assists. Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) scored 15 points for the Blue Jays and had four assists while shooting six-for-eight from the field and two-for-three behind the arc, and Jon English (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Greg Ebert was Juniata's lone double-digit point scorer and the team's leading rebounder, coming off the bench to score 15 points and grab five boards.

Elizabethtown returns to action on the road against Commonwealth Conference rival Moravian Tuesday, February 5. Game time is 8:00 p.m.

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