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Hampden-Sydney Ekes out 74-71 Win over Elizabethtown NCAA Division III Tournament First Round; Blue Jays Conclude Season 18-9
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. --- Elizabethtown ended its 2003-04 season with an 18-9 overall record with a narrow 74-71 road loss to Hampden-Sydney (25-4) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament Thursday night.
Etown took a 7-0 lead 1:20 into the game as Andrew Flynn (Chalfont, PA/Central Bucks West) and Ian Daecher (Lititz, PA/Warwick) each hit layups and Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) made a three-pointer. At 17:36, Jeff Monroe hit a three-pointer for Hampden-Sydney to cut Etown's lead to 7-6. Mike Thompson went to the free throw line at 16:39 and sank one shot, and Monroe followed with a layup off a rebound at16:32 to give Hampden-Sydney a 9-7 lead. By 15:54, the Tigers were up 13-9.
Brian Gunn made a three-pointer at 12:25 to put Hampden-Sydney up 18-11. Brandon Randall hit a trey at 10:57 to give Hampden-Sydney a 21-13 advantage. Elizabethtown called its first timeout at 9:35 as Hampden-Sydney went up 27-17. Conrad hit a three-pointer at 7:34 to cut the Tigers' lead to 31-24. By 6:46 and a pair of Conrad free throws later, Etown was down by six points, 32-26. At 5:19, Daecher scored on a fast break from a Greg Adams (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon) assist to cut the gap to 32-28. Hampden-Sydney followed with a three-pointer seconds later, and by 4:34 the Tiger lead was back to nine points, 37-28.
With 3:54 left in the first half, Monroe was fouled and made one of his free throws to put Hampden-Sydney up 38-28. David Willson briefly gave Hampden-Sydney a 12 point lead with a put-back layup at 2:30, but Dan Keane (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin East) followed with a layup of his own ten seconds later for Etown to cut the Tigers' lead to 40-30. Jon Connor (Hershey, PA/Hershey) hit a three at 1:30 off a Keane assist to cut the gap to 40-33, but Willson followed with a layup at 1:03 to put the Tigers up 42-33. Keane was fouled with 18.4 seconds left in the first half, and he made both of his free throws to narrow the gap to 42-35. They were the last points of the half, as a Hampden-Sydney put-back attempt fell in just after the buzzer.
At the half, both Conrad and Keane had 10 points for Etown, and Monroe had 12 points for Hampden-Sydney. Etown hit 14 of 32 shots from the field (43.8%) in the first half, and Hampden-Sydney made 17 of 36 attempts from the field (47.2%).
Conrad scored first in the second half at 19:12 to cut Hampden-Sydney's lead to 42-37. Willson followed with a layup at 18:49 to put the Tigers up 44-37. Connor made a layup at 18:11 to pull the Blue Jays to within five again, 44-39. A Monroe jumper at 15:10 put Hampden-Sydney up 50-39, and Jim Barron (Tamaqua, PA/Tamaqua) scored on a layup for Etown at 15:03 to end the six point Hampden-Sydney run and narrow the gap to 50-41.
Keane scored for Etown at 14:20 to cut Hampden-Sydney's lead to 50-43, but Brandon Randall followed with a three for Hampden-Sydney ten seconds later to put the Tigers up by 10, 53-43. A technical foul by Hampden-Sydney at 12:18 sent Conrad to the line, and he made one of two free throws to cut the Tigers' lead to 54-48. A Barron three-pointer at 11:09 pulled the Blue Jays to within three, 54-51. Monroe was fouled at 10:57, and he made two of his three free throws to put Hampden-Sydney up 56-51.
Adams made a layup at 10:15 to cut the lead to 56-53, but Monroe followed with a Hampden-Sydney layup at 9:54. At 9:39, Thompson went to the line and made one free throw to give the Tigers a 59-53 lead. Connor hit a jumper at 9:22 to pull the Blue Jays to within four points, 59-55, and Connor hit a three at 8:54 off a Barron assist to pull to within one of Hampden-Sydney, 59-58.
At 7:17, Monroe was fouled, and he made both of his free throws to give Hampden-Sydney a 61-58 advantage. A Keane layup at 6:26 off an in-bound play cut the margin to 61-60. Adams hit a layup at 6:00 to give Etown its first lead since the beginning of the game, 62-61, and Hampden-Sydney called a timeout at 5:45.
At 5:27, Jason Holman of Hampden-Sydney made a layup to give the lead back to the Tigers, 63-62. Thompson scored on a put-back at 4:22 to give Hampden-Sydney a 65-62 lead. Thompson made another put-back at 3:40 to put Hampden-Sydney up 67-62. Conrad was fouled at 2:49, and he made one of his free throws to cut the margin to 67-63.
Willson was fouled at 2:34, and he made one of his free throws to return a five-point advantage to Hampden-Sydney, 68-63. Willson made a pair of free throws at 2:03 to send Hampden-Sydney up 70-63. Conrad hit a three-pointer for Etown to pull the Blue Jays to within four points with 1:46 remaining, 70-66. Randall was fouled at 1:24, and he made both of his free throws to give Hampden-Sydney at 72-66 lead.
Conrad made a layup for Etown off a steal at 1:00 to narrow the distance between the teams to four points, 72-68. Flynn made a layup with 44.7 seconds left, and he was fouled on the play. He made his free throw to pull the Blue Jays to within one, 72-71. Hampden-Sydney ran the clock down to 8.8 seconds, and Monore managed to call a time-out for the Tigers as he fell out of bounds with a rebound. Mike Edwards was then fouled and went to the line for Hampden-Sydney with 8.8 seconds left, and he made both of his free throws to put the Tigers up 74-71.
Etown called a timeout with 5.2 seconds left and possession on its half of the court. Conrad missed a three-point attempt just before the buzzer, and Hampden-Sydney advanced to the second round, where the Tigers will travel to Franklin & Marshall to face the Diplomats Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Conrad led Etown in scoring with 19 points, and Keane added 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting seven-for-10 from the field. Flynn was Etown's leading rebounder with eight boards, and Connor added 12 points for Etown. Elizabethtown shot 43.3% (29-for-67) from the field for the game, and the Blue Jays went an uncharacteristic 50% (seven-for-14) from the free throw line.
Monroe was Hampden-Sydney's top scorer with 22 points, and Willson and Thompson added 15 and 13 points, respectively, while each pulling down game highs of 11 rebounds. Randall added 11 points and eight rebounds for Hampden-Sydney. The Tigers shot 38.8% (26-for-67) from the field and 54.8% (17-for-31) from the free throw line. Hampden-Sydney also held a 52-41 advantage in rebounds.
3/4/04 7 pm at Hampden-Sydney, VA (Fleet Gymnasium)