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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Messiah Defeats Elizabethtown 70-59; Michael Schatzmann Hits 15 of 15 Free Throw Attempts  

GRANTHAM, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College fell 70-59 to defending Commonwealth Conference champion Messiah College on the road in the penultimate game of the Blue Jays’ season Thursday night. The game was the make-up of the snowed-out contest originally scheduled for Tuesday. The Blue Jays drop to 8-15 overall and 3-10 in the conference with the loss, while Messiah improves to 18-5 overall and 12-1 in Commonwealth with the win.

Michael Schatzmann '08.
Michael Schatzmann '08.

Michael Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) led Elizabethtown in scoring with 21 points, and he went 15-for-15 from the free throw line. Through the beginning of the week, only four men’s basketball players in NCAA Division III had single-game free throw shooting performances of 15-for-15 or better over the course of the 2006-07 season. Luke Ledyard (Frederick, MD/Gov. Thomas Johnson) added 10 points for Elizabethtown as he shot 5-for-10 from the field, and Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) also scored 10 points. No Elizabethtown player pulled down more than three rebounds over the course of the game, as Messiah out-rebounded the Blue Jays 31-22.

Matt Henninger led Messiah in scoring with 17 points, and Jared Yoder added 16 points and five assists. Jonathan Boyd added 14 points from off the bench for Messiah.

Elizabethtown will return to action in its final game of the season Saturday, February 17, when the Blue Jays host Moravian College in a 1:00 p.m. Commonwealth Conference game.

At Grantham, PA
MESSIAH 70, ELIZABETHTOWN 59
ELIZABETHTOWN (8-15, 3-10)
Michael Schatzmann 3-9 15-15 21; Luke Ledyard 5-10 0-1 10; Chad Piersol 3-8 3-4 10; Chris Fairbanks 3-7 0-0 6; Brian Goodwin 1-4 2-4 5; Mike Church 1-2 0-0 2; Greg Brizek 1-3 0-0 2; Billy Orr 1-2 0-0 2; Phil Schaffer 0-0 1-2 1; Jordan Dirago 0-0 0-0 0; Bryce Rodgers 0-0 0-0 0; Nick Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-45 21-26 59.
MESSIAH (18-5, 12-1)
Matt Henninger 5-9 5-6 17; Jared Yoder 5-6 4-6 16; Jonathan Boyd 4-9 2-2 14; Andy Hawk 3-3 1-1 8; Ryan Witmer 3-7 0-1 7; Jason Miller 2-3 2-2 6; Darryl Brown 1-3 0-1 2; Bo Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Drew Sneeringer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-42 14-19 70.
Elizabethtown ................. 21 38 - 59
Messiah....................... 29 41 - 70
3-point goals-- Elizabethtown 2-12 (Chad Piersol 1-3; Brian Goodwin 1-3; Chris Fairbanks 0-1; Mike Church 0-1; Luke Ledyard 0-1; Michael Schatzmann 0-3), Messiah 10-18 (Jonathan Boyd 4-7; Jared Yoder 2-2; Matt Henninger 2-5; Andy Hawk 1-1; Ryan Witmer 1-2; Drew Sneeringer 0-1). Fouled out-- Elizabethtown-None, Messiah-None. Rebounds-- Elizabethtown 22 (Michael Schatzmann 3; Chris Fairbanks 3; Brian Goodwin 3; Greg Brizek 3; Luke Ledyard 3), Messiah 31 (Ryan Witmer 7). Assists-- Elizabethtown 6 (Michael Schatzmann 2), Messiah 18 (Jared Yoder 5). Total fouls-- Elizabethtown 21, Messiah 19. Technical fouls-- Elizabethtown-None, Messiah-None. A-600