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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
#22 Elizabethtown Knocks Off #15 Gettysburg, 96-57, Blue Jays Enter Winter Break 8-1
GETTYSBURG, Pa. --- In a game with potentially wide-reaching implications in the NCAA playoff picture at the end of February, Elizabethtown improved to 8-1 overall with a convincing 96-57 road win over Gettysburg Saturday night. Gettysburg entered the game ranked 15th in the nation and had a program-best start of 8-0, while the Blue Jays, ranked 22nd in Division III, possessed a 7-1 record prior to the game.
With 8:00 left in the first half, Elizabethtown held a 30-15 lead. By the time Brian Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) hit a three-pointer for Etown at 1:27, the Blue Jays had extended their lead to 45-25. Loftus logged 15 points and shot three for three from behind the arc in the first half alone. A Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) foul shot at 1:01 gave Elizabethtown a 46-25 lead going into halftime.
A three-pointer by Bob Porambo (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) gave the Blue Jays a 74-45 lead with 8:09 remaining in the game. Jim Barron (Tamaqua, PA/Tamaqua) hit a three-pointer at 7:40 to give Etown its first lead of more than 30 in the game, 77-46. Elizabethtown shot 55.2% from the floor in the second half and 53.1% in the game.
Porambo led the Blue Jays with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He shot nine-for-ten from the foul line. Loftus finished the game with 20 points and a perfect four-for-four effort from three-point range and a seven-for-nine effort from the floor.
Brian Marquette (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) came off the bench to score 13 points and hand out four assists for the Blue Jays. Jon English (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) added 11 points for Elizabethtown, and Heller scored 10. Rocky Parise (Harrisburg, PA/Bishop McDevitt) led Elizabethtown with seven assists.
Curtis McNeil was Gettysburg's leading scorer with 14 points. The only other Bullet to score in double digits was Cody Bowers with 10 points from off the bench. Jim Natale led Gettysburg with five rebounds.
Elizabethtown will not return to action until Wednesday, January 2. The Blue Jays will host Shenandoah at 5:30 p.m.