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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Etown Outlasts Susquehanna, 65-56
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College pulled out a gritty 65-56 Commonwealth Conference victory over Susquehanna University at home Wednesday night to tie the Crusaders for third place in the conference, due to Widener's 64-52 win over Moravian Wednesday night to stay one game up on both teams. Both Etown and Susquehanna are now 5-4 in the conference and 13-6 overall.
Susquehanna's Dan Rathmell (Windsor, NY/Windsor) hit the game's opening bucket 33 seconds after the tipoff. It was the only time the entire game Susquehanna would ever see the lead, as Etown's Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) hit a three-pointer 14 seconds later to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead. Despite Etown's control of the lead for the remaining 39:13 of the game, the Blue Jays never went up by more than 10 points. Etown went up 16-6 with 15:29 left in the first half, But Susquehanna pulled to within two points by 12:16. With 1:04 left in the first half, Etown held a 37-27 advantage, which Susquehanna cut to 37-29 by halftime on a pair of Chris Zimmerman (Coal Township, PA/Shamokin) free throws.
Susquehanna began the second half by cutting the Blue Jay lead to 37-33 in the first minute, but by 12:13 Etown was again up by ten, 49-39. Etown's lead again hit ten points at 10:41, 53-43, and the score stood at 55-45 at 10:10, the last time Etown would hold a double-digit lead. By 6:30, Susquehanna cut the Etown lead to five points, 55-50, and Etown's lead stood at just four, 57-53, with 2:31 left in the game. With 1:04 left, Etown held a 61-56 advantage following a Zimmerman three-pointer that cut down what was an eight point lead. Etown scored the game's final four points in the last 34 seconds to seal the victory.
Susquehanna turned the ball over 27 times in the game, including 16 turnovers in the first half alone. Etown committed just 13 turnovers and swiped the ball from Susquehanna 14 times. The Blue Jays also held a slight advantage in rebounds, 34-30.
Dan Keane (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin East) emerged as Etown's top scorer, going six-for-11 from the field and scoring 15 points. Andrew Flynn (Chalfont, PA/Central Bucks West) added 13 points and six rebounds from off the bench, and Conrad also scored 13 points and hit three three-pointers. Ian Daecher (Lititz, PA/Warwick) added 11 points for Etown and led the team in rebounds with seven.
Susquehanna's top scorer was Phil Sander (Hancock, NY/Walton Central) with 14 points on a five-for-six performance from the field and four-for-seven shooting from the free throw line. Bubba Mills (Reading, PA/Reading Central Catholic) added 12 points for Susquehanna and shot four-for-five from the field. Zimmerman totaled 11 points, with eight of them coming on eight free throws.
Elizabethtown will return to action on the road Saturday, February 7 at Widener in a 3:00 p.m. conference game.
2/4/04 8:00 p.m. at Thompson Gymnasium, Elizabethtown, Pa.