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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Chad Piersol's Career-High 32 Points Boosts Blue Jays to 93-89 Win at Manhattanville

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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.

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 93, MANHATTANVILLE COLL. 89
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (11-1)
Chad Piersol 12-17 4-5 32; Mike Schatzmann 8-15 6-7 23; Mike Church 6-12 3-5 15; Joe Flanagan 2-3 2-2 6; Josh Houseal 2-3 0-0 5; Keith Fogel 2-5 0-0 4; Phil Schaffer 1-3 1-2 3; Bryce Rodgers 1-3 1-2 3; Jordan Dirago 1-2 0-0 2; Tony Romero 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Stein 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-65 17-23 93.
MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE (8-4)
Donte Chisolm 7-11 4-8 20; Cody Moffett 4-11 7-8 16; Brian Fink 4-11 2-2 12; Wesly Wicks 3-5 5-6 11; Lamar Glass 3-5 0-0 7; Eddie Huezo 3-5 0-0 6; DeVon Barnett 3-5 0-0 6; Angelo Laroche 2-5 1-1 5; Jason Walsh 2-3 0-0 4; Brendan Flynn 1-4 0-0 2; Mike Panella 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 19-25 89.
Elizabethtown College......... 37 56 - 93
Manhattanville College........ 42 47 - 89
3-point goals--Elizabethtown College 6-12 (Chad Piersol 4-5; Josh Houseal 1-2; Mike Schatzmann 1-3; Keith Fogel 0-2), Manhattanville College 6-24 (Brian Fink 2-8; Donte Chisolm 2-4; Cody Moffett 1-3; Lamar Glass 1-3; Angelo Laroche 0-1; Brendan Flynn 0-3; DeVon Barnett 0-2). Fouled out--Elizabethtown College-Chad Piersol; Bryce Rodgers, Manhattanville College-None. Rebounds--Elizabethtown College 35 (Phil Schaffer 6), Manhattanville College 28 (Cody Moffett 10). Assists--Elizabethtown College 28 (Phil Schaffer 11), Manhattanville College 24 (Donte Chisolm 8; Cody Moffett 8). Total fouls--Elizabethtown College 21, Manhattanville College 20. Technical fouls--Elizabethtown College-Keith Fogel, Manhattanville College-None. A-400