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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Chad Piersol's Career-High 32 Points Boosts Blue Jays to 93-89 Win at Manhattanville
PURCHASE, N.Y. --- Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored a career-high 32 points as Elizabethtown College defeated Manhattanville College 93-89 in non-conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Piersol, whose previous career high was 29 points set at Lancaster Bible on Dec. 1, hit 12-of-17 shots from the field and went 4-for-5 from three-point range before fouling out with 2:35 to play as the Blue Jays (11-1 overall) won the 899th game in program history after nearly letting a 16-point second-half lead slip away.
Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) added 23 points and five assists for Elizabethtown while junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) dished out a career-high 11 assists and converted a key three-point play for the Blue Jays, who shot 53.8 percent (35-for-65) from the field as a team.
Donte Chisolm led the Valiants (8-4 overall) with 20 points and eight assists while Cody Moffett contributed 16 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and eight assists for Manhattanville, which trailed 77-61 with 5:24 to play before pulling within 82-81 with 1:22 to go.
With the Blue Jays clinging to an 84-81 lead in the final minute, Schaffer came up with a steal and layup with 38 seconds to go and converted the three-point play to give Elizabethtown an 87-81 advantage. Schatzmann finished off the win by going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 33 seconds to keep the Valiants from pulling any closer than four points.
Earlier, the Blue Jays had erased a 42-37 halftime deficit by going on a 21-4 run to open the second half, taking a 58-46 lead on a layup by senior Jordan Dirago (Wallkill, NY/Wallkill) with 13:36 to play.
The Blue Jays built their lead to 16 points at 70-54 on a layup by first-year student Joe Flanagan (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) with 8:17 to go, and held a 77-61 advantage with 5:24 remaining following a three-pointer by sophomore Josh Houseal (Landisville, PA/Hempfield).
However, Manhattanville scored the next eight points to pull within 77-69 with 4:01 to go, and followed with a 12-4 run to trim the Blue Jay advantage to 82-81 with 1:22 left o a layup by Wesly Wicks.
Sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) also finished in double figures for the Blue Jays with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Flanagan tallied six points in six minutes off the Etown bench.
Wicks finished with 11 points off the bench for the Valiants, with Brian Fink also reaching double figures with 12 points. Manhattanville shot 49.2 percent (32-for-65) from the field but was outrebounded 35-28 by Elizabethtown.
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