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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Blue Jays Rout DeSales in Regional Showdown, 80-69
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- In a showdown of two of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Elizabethtown College rolled to a 32-point lead en route to an 80-69 victory over DeSales University in men's basketball action at Thompson Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored a game-high 23 points for the Blue Jays (13-1 overall), who shot 54.4 percent from the field as a team and used a 23-6 run over the final eight minutes of the first half to lead by 21 points at halftime.
Darnell Braswell finished with a team-high 11 points for the Bulldogs (13-2 overall), who saw an eight-game winning streak come to an end thanks to 23 turnovers and 36 percent shooting in the opening half.
Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) added 16 points while sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) chipped in with 12 points for the Blue Jays, who led 65-33 with 12:10 remaining before substituting freely down the stretch.
Elizabethtown led 23-19 with eight minutes left in the first half, but the Blue Jays rattled off a 12-0 run that was capped by a three-pointer by Piersol to give Etown a 35-19 lead with five minutes left in the half.
The Blue Jays added an 11-1 run to close the half, taking a 46-25 lead to intermission as Piersol led all players with 14 points while Church added 12 points and Schatzmann netted 10.
The lead for Elizabethtown continued to grow in the early stages of the second half, reaching as high as 32 points with 12:10 to go. The Blue Jays still led 74-50 with 7:12 remaining, but the Bulldog reserves finished the game with a 19-6 run.
Elizabethtown finished with a 34-28 edge in rebounds, led by six boards by sophomore Josh Houseal (Landisville, PA/Hempfield). Ed Lapinski paced DeSales with seven boards while also adding nine points.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 80, DESALES UNIVERSITY 69