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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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Elizabethtown Falls to Widener, 70-65 

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College suffered its sixth consecutive loss Wednesday night, falling at home to Commonwealth Conference rival Widener University 70-65 to drop to 6-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference. Each of the Blue Jays last five losses have been decided by margins of less than ten points. Widener, a 2006 NCAA Division III tournament “Sweet Sixteen” participant and last year’s Commonwealth runner-up, improved to 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the conference with the victory.

Elizabethtown out-rebounded Widener 38-32, and Widener had 18 turnovers against 15 for Etown. Widener shot 50.9% (27-for-53) from the field, while Elizabethtown went 38.8% (26-for-67) from the field. The Pride never led by more than 10 points the entire game, and Widener held a 40-36 lead at halftime.

Michael Schatzmann '08.
Michael Schatzmann '08.

Michael Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) was Elizabethtown’s leading scorer and rebounder with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 6-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range. Luke Ledyard (Frederick, MD/Gov. Thomas Johnson) added 14 points and seven rebounds for Etown. Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) also scored 14 points for the Blue Jays, and Greg Brizek (Sinking Spring, PA/Conrad Weiser) added nine points.

Essien Ford (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) led Widener in scoring with 20 points and in rebounds with seven. Malcolm Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville) scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Pride, and Matt Sosna (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) scored 13 points from off the bench. He shot 5-for-5 from the field.

Elizabethtown will return to action on the road Saturday, January 27 against Albright College in an 8:00 p.m. game.

At Elizabethtown, Pa. - Thompson Gymnasium
WIDENER UNIVERSITY 70, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 65
WIDENER UNIVERSITY (11-6, 6-1 Comm.)
Ford, Essien 8-17 0-0 20; Thomas, Malcolm 6-9 4-5 16; Sosna, Matt 5-5 3-5 13; Smith, Terry 4-4 0-0 8; Miller, Nyere 2-10 2-2 7; Edmunds, Bobby 2-3 0-0 6; O'Connor, Brian 0-1 0-0 0; Johnson, Jamarr 0-0 0-0 0; Douglas, David 0-3 0-0 0; Jones, James 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 9-12 70.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (6-11, 1-6 Comm.)
Michael Schatzmann 6-13 1-2 15; Chad Piersol 5-13 2-2 14; Luke Ledyard 6-13 2-2 14; Greg Brizek 4-11 0-0 9; Mike Church 2-3 1-2 5; Bryce Rodgers 1-2 2-2 4; Kris Kieres 1-2 0-0 2; Brian Goodwin 1-3 0-0 2; Chris Fairbanks 0-4 0-0 0; Jordan Dirago 0-0 0-0 0; Phil Schaffer 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-67 8-10 65.
Widener University ............ 40 30 - 70
Elizabethtown College ......... 36 29 - 65
3-point goals--Widener University 7-23 (Ford, Essien 4-8; Edmunds, Bobby 2-3; Miller, Nyere 1-8; O'Connor, Brian 0-1; Douglas, David 0-2; Thomas, Malcolm 0-1), Elizabethtown College 5-18 (Michael Schatzmann 2-5; Chad Piersol 2-5; Greg Brizek 1-5; Kris Kieres 0-1; Brian Goodwin 0-1; Phil Schaffer 0-1). Fouled out-- Widener University-None, Elizabethtown College-None. Rebounds-- Widener University 32 (Ford, Essien 7), Elizabethtown College 38 (Michael Schatzmann 11). Assists— Widener University 15 (Edmunds, Bobby 4), Elizabethtown College 16 (Brian Goodwin 5). Total fouls--Widener University 14, Elizabethtown College 15. Technical fouls-- Widener University-None, Elizabethtown College-None.

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