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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Blue Jays See Win Streak End as York Captures Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Title, 80-74
YORK, Pa. --- Chad McGowan finished with a team-high 21 points along with 13 rebounds and five assists as York College dealt Elizabethtown College its first loss of the 2007-08 season by an 80-74 score in the men's championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday evening.
The loss ended the best start in program history for the Blue Jays (10-1 overall) and snapped the longest current winning streak in Division III at 11 victories, dating to the end of last season.
Jeremy Keefer added 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Spartans (8-4 overall), who led by 13 points in the final minute before Elizabethtown rallied to within four in the closing seconds.
Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) paced the Blue Jays with 23 points while senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) added 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
In all, five players reached double figures for York as Nate Lankford tallied 13 points while Levi Winters and Nick Brady added 12 points apiece. The difference in the contest was at the foul line, where York went 23-for-34 as a team while Elizabethtown finished just 10-for-17.
Despite committing 12 turnovers and falling behind by as many as 10 points, the Blue Jays went to halftime tied 37-37 behind eight points by Schatzmann and seven points and nine rebounds from Piersol. Winters led the Spartans with 10 points in the opening half while McGowan added eight points and three boards.
In the second half, the Spartans took the lead for good at 44-43 on a three-pointer by Brady with 16:04 to go. The York led would grow to as many as seven points before Elizabethtown pulled back within 59-56 with 7:42 left.
Leading 67-62 with 4:05 to go, the Spartans went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to take their largest lead of the contest at 77-64 with 59 seconds to go on a three-point play by Keefer.
Schatzmann would score nine points over the next 50 seconds to trim the Spartan lead to 78-74 with nine seconds to play, but fouled out as Lankford hit two free throws with seven seconds left to close the scoring.
Junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) grabbed a career-high eight rebounds for the Blue Jays while adding four points, five assists and five steals, and sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) tallied nine points and five boards before fouling out with 2:26 to play.
YORK (PA.) COLLEGE 80, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 74