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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Friday, November 17, 2006

Elizabethtown Downs PSU-Harrisburg 84-23, #5 Ohio Northern Beats DeSales 74-57, on First Day of Elizabethtown Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic 

ELIZABETHTOWN , Pa. --- Nationally fifth-ranked Ohio Northern University and tournament host Elizabethtown College both posted season-opening first round wins in the Elizabethtown Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic Friday night. Ohio Northern (1-0) defeated DeSales University (0-1) by a 74-57 margin in the first game of the night, and Elizabethtown (1-0) won 84-23 over Penn State-Harrisburg (0-2) in the nightcap.

With the wins, Elizabethtown and Ohio Northern will face one another in the tournament’s championship game at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, while DeSales and Penn State-Harrisburg will square off in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be held at Elizabethtown College’s Thompson Gymnasium.

In the opener, DeSales stuck close to nationally ranked ONU for much of the game, as Ohio Northern clung to a 34-30 lead at halftime and only went up by 10 points for the first time with 10:26 left in the second half. Ohio Northern out-rebounded DeSales 40-22 over the course of the game.

Greg Badenhop (Liberty Center, OH) led Ohio Northern in scoring with 21 points and shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Bart Hostetler (Strasburg, OH/Strasburg-Franklin) came off the bench to lead ONU in rebounds with nine and score 15 points while going 5-for-5 from the field. Jake Cannan (Dublin, OH/Coffman) added 10 points and six rebounds for the winning Polar Bears.

Steve Kriczky (Birdsboro, PA/Daniel Boone) led DeSales in scoring with 20 points as he shot 9-for-13 from the field. Phil Strickler (Womelsdorf, PA/Conrad Weiser) led the Bulldogs in rebounds with five and scored 14 points.

In the second game, Elizabethtown cruised to its win, holding a 39-12 advantage by halftime. Penn State-Harrisburg committed 29 turnovers, and Elizabethtown totaled 19 steals. The Blue Jays also out rebounded Penn State-Harrisburg 47-31, and Elizabethtown shot 51.5% (35-for-69) from the field while the Nittany Lions shot just 15.8% (6-for-39) from the field and 0-for-11 from three-point range.

Nick Kennedy (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing Area) came off the bench to lead Elizabethtown in scoring with 15 points and pull down eight rebounds in 13 minutes. Blue Jay first-year student Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) came off the bench to tally a double-double in his first collegiate game, leading the team in rebounds with 11 and scoring 11 points in 12 minutes of playing time. Luke Ledyard (Frederick, MD/Governor Thomas Johnson) scored 14 points for Elizabethown, and Kris Kieres (Barnesville, PA/Mahanoy Area) totaled 13 points for the Blue Jays as he shot 6-for-7 from the field.

Nealy Rawlings (Roxborough H.S.) led Penn State-Harrisburg in scoring with 10 points and in rebounds with eight.

At Elizabethtown, Pa.
OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY 74, DESALES UNIVERSITY 57
OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY (1-0)
Greg Badenhop 4-12 10-11 21; Bart Hostetler 5-5 5-6 15; Jake Cannan 3-3 4-4 10; Kurtis Brown 3-6 0-0 9; Michael Hunter 3-5 0-0 6; Kyle Gehle 1-11 4-5 6; Ryan Lee 2-7 1-1 5; Loudan Hammersmith 1-1 0-0 2; Kyle Meyer 0-0 0-0 0; Sean Kobilis 0-2 0-0 0; Ezra Bradshaw 0-0 0-0 0; Mitch Anderson 0-0 0-0 0; Kenny Thomas 0-1 0-0 0; Jared Bostelman 0-2 0-0 0; Mark Pratt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 24-27 74.
DESALES UNIVERSITY (0-1)
Steve Kriczky 9-13 1-2 20; Phil Stricker 6-12 2-4 14; Darnell Braswell 3-6 0-0 8; Eddie Ohlson 3-5 1-2 7; Matt Zwetolitz 1-2 0-0 2; Sedale Walton 0-1 2-2 2; Eric Salem 1-1 0-0 2; Ed Lapinski 1-3 0-0 2; Marvin Satchell 0-0 0-1 0; Mike Geary 0-0 0-0 0; Rob Schubach 0-1 0-0 0; Zach Hoover 0-0 0-0 0; Jim Malatesta 0-1 0-0 0; Jeff Raimo 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 24-47 6-13 57.
Ohio Northern University...... 34 40 - 74
DeSales University ............ 30 27 - 57
3-point goals-- Ohio Northern University 6-19 (Greg Badenhop 3-8; Kurtis Brown 3-4; Kyle Gehle 0-5; Ryan Lee 0-1; Jared Bostelman 0-1), DeSales University 3-7 (Darnell Braswell 2-3; Steve Kriczky 1-3; Eddie Ohlson 0-1). Fouled out-- Ohio Northern University-None, DeSales University-None. Rebounds-- Ohio Northern University 40 (Bart Hostetler 9), DeSales University 22 (Phil Stricker 5). Assists--Ohio Northern University 13 (Bart Hostetler 2; Kurtis Brown 2; Jake Cannan 2; Greg Badenhop 2; Ryan Lee 2; Loudan Hammersmith 2), DeSales University 14 (Eddie Ohlson 3; Sedale Walton 3; Matt Zwetolitz 3). Total fouls--Ohio Northern University 15, DeSales University 19. Technical fouls-- Ohio Northern University-None, DeSales University-None. A-75

At Elizabethtown, Pa.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 84, PENN STATE-HARRISBURG 23
PENN STATE-HARRISBURG (0-2)
Nealy Rawlings 3-4 4-4 10; Abe Hitz 2-16 2-3 6; Andrew Byers 0-0 4-6 4; Chris Bradford 1-3 0-0 2; Spencer Sheffield 0-0 1-2 1; Robert Kendrick 0-1 0-0 0; Omar Spence 0-2 0-1 0; Michael Schweigler 0-3 0-1 0; Corey Daniel 0-1 0-0 0; Steve Molek 0-8 0-2 0; Keith Wiggins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 6-39 11-19 23.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (1-0)
Nick Kennedy 6-10 3-4 15; Luke Ledyard 5-10 4-5 14; Kris Kieres 6-7 0-0 13; Mike Church 5-8 1-2 11; Phil Schaffer 2-5 1-3 5; Greg Brizek 2-2 0-1 5; Billy Orr 2-2 1-3 5; Josh Houseal 1-3 2-2 4; Ben Schlosser 2-3 0-0 4; Michael Schatzmann 1-5 0-0 2; Bryce Rodgers 1-2 0-0 2; Brian Goodwin 1-3 0-0 2; Chris Fairbanks 1-3 0-0 2; Jordan Dirago 0-1 0-0 0; Rob Fusaro 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 35-69 12-20 84.
Penn State-Harrisburg......... 12 11 - 23
Elizabethtown College ......... 39 45 - 84
3-point goals-- Penn State-Harrisburg 0-11 (; Abe Hitz 0-4; Omar Spence 0-2; Michael Schweigler 0-1; Steve Molek 0-3; Keith Wiggins 0-1), Elizabethtown College 2-9 (Greg Brizek 1-1; Kris Kieres 1-2; Michael Schatzmann 0-3; Brian Goodwin 0-1; Rob Fusaro 0-2). Fouled out--Penn State-Harrisburg-Robert Kendrick; Keith Wiggins, Elizabethtown College-None. Rebounds—Penn State-Harrisburg 31 (Nealy Rawlings 8), Elizabethtown College 47 (Mike Church 11). Assists--Penn State-Harrisburg 2 (Michael Schweigler 1; Omar Spence 1), Elizabethtown College 22 (Brian Goodwin 3; Jordan Dirago 3; Kris Kieres 3). Total fouls--Penn State-Harrisburg 21, Elizabethtown College 25. Technical fouls--Penn State-Harrisburg-None, Elizabethtown College-None. A-350