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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Elizabethtown Outlasts Moravian, 85-77, Blue Jays Clinch #3 Seed in Commonwealth Conference Playoffs, Etown to Face Albright on Road Wednesday
BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- An 85-77 Elizabethtown victory on the road over Moravian Saturday, coupled with an Albright victory over Susquehanna the same day, has put the Blue Jays in the post-season for the ninth consecutive year. The Blue Jays, which improved to 16-8 overall and 8-6 in the Commonwealth Conference with the hard-fought win, have received the number three seed in the conference playoffs. They will travel to face number two seed Albright in a 7:00 p.m. game Wednesday, February 25.
The outcome of Etown's game against Moravian (10-15 overall, 2-12 conference) remained in doubt until the final minute, as the teams took a 46-46 tie into halftime, and as Etown clung to a lead as slim as one point with two minutes to go in the second half.
Moravian's Steve Weiler hit a three-pointer at 2:21 remaining to cut an Etown lead that had been as many nine points four minutes earlier down to 74-73. The score remained at that precarious margin until 1:22, when Etown's Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Shillington) hit a layup to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 76-73. A Moravian foul with 38 seconds left in the game sent Jon Connor (Hershey, PA/Hershey) to the line, and he made both of his free throws to give Etown a 78-73 lead. An Andrew Flynn (Chalfont, PA/Central Bucks West) layup and free throw with 22 seconds remaining extended Etown's lead to 81-73. Brandon Zaleski of Moravian responded with a layup with 16 seconds remaining to cut the gap to 81-75, and Flynn followed with another layup with nine seconds left to restore an eight point Etown lead. Two Kevin Wyers free throws with cut Etown's lead to 83-77, and Connor followed with two more free throws with five seconds left in the game to set the final score at 85-77.
Conrad led Etown in scoring with 26 points, as he shot six-for-11 from the field, two-for-five from three-point range, and 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Connor added 17 points for Etown and hit a team high of three three-pointers. He also made all four of his free throws, all of which came in the game's final 38 seconds. Flynn came off the bench to score 15 points for Etown, including five points in the last 22 seconds of the game, and he led the team in rebounds with eight.
Weiler was Moravian's top scorer with 19 points, and Wyers added 18 points. Zaleski scored 16 points for Moravian, led the Greyhounds in rebounds with six, and he shot six-for-eight from the field and four-for-five from the free throw line.
Etown shot 27-for-56 (48.2%) from the field and seven-for-17 (41.2%) from three-point range. Moravian went 25-for-56 (44.6%) from the field and six-for-22 (27.3%) from behind the arc. Etown also made 24 free throws against 21 for Moravian, and the Blue Jays held a slim 34-33 advantage in rebounding.
2/21/04 4:00 PM at Johnston Hall, Bethlehem, PA