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Friday, March 8, 2002

Etown Advances to "Elite Eight" of NCAA Division III Tournament, Blue Jays to Face Winner of Catholic-Clark Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for Sectional Championship and Final Four Berth

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Elizabethtown (27-2) won a wild, close game by a final score of 87-85 over Cabrini (19-12) at the NCAA Division III men's basketball Atlantic Sectional, hosted by Catholic University of America, Friday. With the win, Etown becomes a member of the 2002 Division III "Elite Eight," and advances to face the winner of tonight's Catholic-Clark game in the Atlantic Sectional championship Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Final Four, to be held in Salem, VA Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.

Jon Engilsh (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) scored the game's first points on a layup at 18:46. At 17:58, Bob Porambo (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) was fouled in the act of shooting and made both of his free throws to give the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead.

A layup by Rocky Parise (Harrisburg, PA/Bishop McDevitt) at 16:55 gave Etown an 8-4 lead and triggered Cabrini's first timeout of the game. English was fouled while making a layup at 16:36 and converted his free throw to give Etown an 11-4 lead. A Porambo put-back at 14:20 gave Etown a 15-6 lead.

By 13:02, Cabrini had begun to mount a comeback. A jumper by Gary Goldman (Philadelphia, PA/Cinnaminson) made the score 15-14. He followed with a layup thirty seconds later to narrow the gap to 15-14. At 12:08, Cabrini's Tim Gordon (Holland, PA/Council Rock) made a layup to give Cabrini a 16-15 lead, its first of the game.

A steal and layup by Jim Barron (Tamaqua, PA/Tamaqua) gave Etown a 17-16 lead at 11:25. Brian Marquette (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) hit a three-pointer at 8:11 to give Etown a 24-20 lead.

Etown ran into foul trouble early in the game, with both Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) and Marquette landing on the bench by 7:00 with three fouls each.

At 5:25, Tim Maddox (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) scored on a pass from Goldman, was fouled, and made his free throw to give Cabrini a 29-28 lead. Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) responded with a jumper to give Etown a 30-29 lead.

Bill Rookstool (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) hit a three pointer at 4:00 to return the lead to Cabrini, 32-30. Parise hit a three-pointer at 2:30, giving the Blue Jays a 36-34 lead. Ty Teasley's (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast) layup at 1:40 gave Cabrini a 38-36 lead. Parise hit another three pointer at 0:41, giving the Blue Jays a 41-38 lead going into halftime.

A layup by Kris Pittman (Philadelphia, PA/William Penn) following Etown's second turnover at the start of the second half gave Cabrini a 42-41 lead at 19:25. Heller responed with a layup from Loftus off a Parise steal, giving Etown a 43-42 lead at 18:50.

A Loftus three-pointer at 15:40 gave the Blue Jays a 53-50 lead. Heller hit a three from Loftus at 14:18 to increase Etown's advantage to 56-50.

Cabrini then went on an 11-point run. Charles Epps (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) hit a layup at 12:28 to tie the game again at 56-56. Rookstool's three pointer at 12:03 gave Cabrini a 59-56 lead. Epps' layup at 11:19 increased Cabrini's lead to 61-56.

By 7:55, however, Etown had mounted a comeback, and cut Cabrini's lead to 68-67 on a pair of Loftus free-throws. A Parise three at 7:03 tied the game at 70-70. At 6:24, Barron hit a pair of free throws, giving Etown a 72-70 lead.

Cabrini took a 77-76 lead at 4:19 on a pair of Pittman foul shots. A Heller three-pointer at 2:35 gave Etown an 82-81 lead. Pittman hit a jumper at 1:39 to give Cabrini an 83-82 lead, but he fouled Loftus eight seconds later, and Loftus hit both of his foul shots. Maddox hit a pair of foul shots at 1:17 to give Cabrini an 85-84 lead.

Porambo hit the game-winning three-pointer in front of a streaking Cabrini defender with four seconds left to win the game, 87-85. Porambo, who began the night one-for-12 from the field, finished by going six-for-seven in the game's closing minutes and wound up leading the Blue Jays with 22 points and eight rebounds.

English also had eight rebounds, and he scored 14 points as all five Blue Jay starters hit double figures in scoring. Parise finished with 15 points, including a three-for-five performance from three-point range, and eight assists. Heller scored 12 points and Loftus added 11 points for Etown.

Pittman led Cabrini with 21 points and four assists. Brian Wood (Bristol, PA/Bristol) added 17 points, and Goldman had 10 points for Cabrini.

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