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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Elizabethtown Upends Widener 82-80, Hands Pioneers Second Loss in 17 Games
CHESTER , Pa. --- Elizabethtown improved to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the Commonwealth Conference Wednesday night with an 82-80 road win over Widener University. Widener, which received votes but did not make the top 25 in the latest D3hoops.com national poll for NCAA Division III, suffered its second loss of the season to drop to 15-2 overall and 5-2 in the Commonwealth.
Etown trailed 43-40 at halftime and was down 75-69 with four minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays’ Brian Schreiber (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro) hit a three-pointer at 3:59 to cut the gap to 75-72, and at 3:13, he made a jump shot to bring Elizabethtown to one point behind Widener, 75-74. Etown took a 76-75 lead with 2:30 left when Brad Schreiber (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro) made a jumper. The Blue Jays went ahead 78-75 when Michael Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) made a layup with 1:22 left in the game.
Widener struck back with 1:01 left on the clock when Kris Clarkson made a jumper to cut Elizabethtown’s lead to 78-77. A Brian Schreiber layup with 37 seconds left in the game extended Etown’s lead to 80-77. Schatzmann was fouled by Clarkson with five seconds left, sending him to the free throw line, where he made both of his foul shots to push the Blue Jays ahead to 82-77. The free throws proved pivotal as Widener’s Essien Ford made a three-pointer with one second left on the clock to cut the gap to 82-80, and Elizabethtown ran out the final second to hold onto the lead.
Brian Schreiber led Elizabethtown in points with 24 and in rebounds with five. He hit 10 out of 13 shots from the field and went 4-for-5 from three-point range. Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored 21 points for Elizabethtown as he shot 7-for-8 from the field, 4-for-4 from three-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Brad Schreiber finished the game with 14 points and four rebounds for Etown as he shot 7-for-8 from the field. Schatzmann totaled nine points and went 2-for-5 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Elizabethtown as a whole went 32-for-54 (59.3%) from the field for the game and 17-for-28 (60.7%) from the field in the second half. The Blue Jays also shot 9-for-17 (52.9%) from three-point range and 9-for-11 (81.8%) from the free throw line.
Clarkson led Widener in points with 23 and in rebounds with eight, and he shot 10-for-17 from the field. Ford added 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, a 2-for-4 performance from downtown and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line, and he pulled down six rebounds. Malcolm Thomas added 16 points for Widener, and Ron Michael shot 5-for-6 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line en route to scoring 17 points for the Pioneers.
Widener shot 26-for-48 (54.2%) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.7%) from three-point range and 23-for-34 (67.6%) from the free throw line as a team. The Pioneers held a 28-25 edge in rebounds over Elizabethtown.
Elizabethtown will return to action at home Saturday, January 28 in a 4:00 p.m. Commonwealth Conference game against Albright College.
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