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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Elizabethtown Drops 121-120 Overtime Game to Westminster
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Basketball games like this one do not happen very often. The Elizabethtown College men's basketball team wound up on the short end of a wild 121-120 overtime game against Westminster College Saturday characterized by long passes, three pointers, fast breaks, turnovers, fouls and mass substitutions. The game's 241 total points fell just four points short of the Elizabethtown College program record for most total points in a game set back in the 1968-69 season. Etown drops to 4-4 overall with the loss, while Westminster improves to 7-1 overall. It was Etown's third overtime loss this season.
The game was played in down-to-the-wire fashion from start to finish, with Westminster's pressing, up-tempo, interchangeable parts attack matching that of Etown. the biggest lead of the game for either team being eight points in a 48-40 Etown advantage with five minutes left in the first half. After holding a small lead for most of the first half, Elizabethtown fell behind a minute and a half before halftime and headed into the locker room trailing 59-57.
With four minutes to go in regulation time, Etown held a seven point lead, only to see Westminster chip away once again. Westminster went up 111-108 with 32 seconds left in regulation time, but a Jon Connor (Hershey, PA/Hershey) three-pointer with 29 seconds left tied the game at 111-111 and sent it into overtime.
Etown regained the lead early in overtime, but Westminster again mounted a comeback and took a 119-118 lead with 1:04 left. With 53 seconds left, Etown's Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) was fouled and sank both of his free throws to return a 120-119 advantage to the Blue Jays. With 40 seconds left, Dom Joseph of Westminster was fouled and made both of his free throws to give the Titans a 121-120 lead, and Westminster successfully ran out the clock, the only time in the game such a strategy had been employed, for the final 40 seconds to hang on for the win.
Both teams utilized their benches heavily, and both teams committed 27 turnovers in the game. Westminster connected on 38 of its 91 shots from the field (46.2%), but 62 of its 91 shots were three-point attempts. Of the 62 threes Westminster fired up, 17 of them were good. Westminster also shot 28-for-38 from the free throw line (73.7%). Etown, by contrast, made 47 of its 83 shots from the field (56.6%), but only attempted three-pointers 14 times, of which they made two. Etown shot 24-for-35 (68.6%) from the free throw line, and the Blue Jays held a 56-44 advantage in rebounds.
Six Blue Jays scored more than ten points in the game, with Conrad leading the way with 26 points. Dan Keane (Harrisburg, PA/Central Daupin East) added 22 points on an 8-for-11 performance from the field and 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line. Andrew Flynn (Chalfont, PA/Central Bucks West) added 22 points as well on 9-for-13 shooting from the field, and he led Etown in rebounds with 11. Connor scored 12 points, as did Greg Adams (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon). Adams also led the Blue Jays in assists with 10. Alex Rakow (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon Catholic) came off the bench to score 11 points.
Six players from Westminster also scored in double figures, with Chris Hatch leading the way with 29 points. Mark DeMonaco scored 21 poitns and made four steals, and Craig Hannon came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and a 5-for-8 performance from downtown. Both Joseph and Pat O'Connor scored 13 points, with O'Connor leading the Titans in rebounds with eight. Brian Fadden added 10 points, eight of which came on free throws. He was also the only one of Westminster's scorers who did not connect on a three-pointer.
Elizabethtown will return to action at home Saturday, December 18 against Eastern University in a 3:00 p.m. game.
At Thompson Gymnasium, Elizabethtown, Pa.