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Saturday, December 1, 2001

Porambo and Heller Hit Career Scoring Highs as Etown Defeats Scranton, 88-73

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Both Bob Porambo (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) and Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) had career single-game scoring highs Saturday as Elizabethtown improved to 5-1 overall with an 88-73 win at home over the University of Scranton (2-4).

Porambo led the Blue Jays in scoring with 28 points and had four assists, and Heller added 19 points while leading the team in rebounds with nine and posting five assists. By scoring 28 points, Porambo went over the 900 mark for his career; his career total now stands at 923 as he tries to become the 26th 1,000 point scorer in Etown men's basketball history and the first since Ryan Billett '98.

Also scoring in double figures for Etown was Jon English (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) with 10. Brian Marquette (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) came off the bench to lead the Blue Jays with seven assists, a career high for him.

Ryan Rogan (Archbald, PA/Scranton Prep.) led Scranton with 20 points. Dereck Elphick (Dingman's Ferry, PA/Delaware Valley) added 12 points, and Dan Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) scored 11 for the Royals. Dan's twin brother, Brian Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) scored nine points and had four assists for Elizabethtown.

After a seesaw battle for much of the first half, with Scranton up 25-20 by 10:38 remaining before halftime, Etown surged ahead to take a 44-31 lead on a layup by Porambo at 2:22. Scranton chipped away at that lead in the final two minutes to take a 44-37 deficit into halftime.

Scranton took a 51-50 lead with 14:46 remaining in the game on a layup by Courtney Steele (Newton, CT/St. Thomas More Prep.). The Royals lost the lead for good at 13:16 when Porambo hit a jumper near the beginning of a 16 point Etown scoring run to give Blue Jays a 54-53 lead. By the end of the run at 8:12 when Porambo scored on a layup, Etown held a 68-53 lead and never looked back.

The game ended with a resounding slam dunk by Heller in the closing seconds.

Elizabethtown will return to action on the road against defending Commonwealth Conference champion Widener Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. It is the Blue Jays' first conference game this year, and is a rematch of last year's conference championship game, which Widener won in Chester.

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