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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lycoming Upsets #25 Elizabethtown 79-78 in Overtime Battle

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. --- Lycoming College rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to force overtime, then held on for a 79-78 upset of 25th-ranked Elizabethtown College in Commonwealth Conference men's basketball action at Lamade Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Greg Sye scored the final five points of the contest for the Warriors (9-6 overall, 1-0 Commonwealth), including the go-ahead basket with 1:45 remaining in overtime, while Eric Anthony hit key three-pointers at the end of regulation and in overtime for Lycoming.

Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) finished with a career-high 36 points for the Blue Jays (13-2 overall, 0-1 Commonwealth), but Elizabethtown shot 37.9 percent from the field in the contest after rolling to a 44-29 halftime lead.

Kevin Morris led Lycoming with 28 points while Sye tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who went 10-for-25 from three-point range in the contest and finished with a 49-36 edge in rebounds over the Blue Jays.

After Sye gave the Warriors a 76-75 lead on a basket with 1:45 to go, he added a foul shot with 33 seconds to play and two more with five seconds left to extend the Lycoming lead to 79-75. Schatzmann sank a three-pointer just prior to the buzzer to pull Elizabethtown within a point at game's end.

Elizabethtown led 55-45 with 11:54 left, but Lycoming rallied to even the score at 59-59 on a layup by Anthony with 5:36 to go. The Warriors led by as many as three points as 66-63 with 2:54 to go, but Elizabethtown evened the score at 66-66 on a foul shot by Schatzmann and two free throws by senior Bryce Rodgers (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro).

The Blue Jays went ahead 68-66 with 55.3 seconds to go on two foul shots by junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City), and Schatzmann added another free throw with 33 seconds left to extend the Elizabethtown lead to 69-66.

However, Anthony drilled a three-pointer for Lycoming with 16 seconds remaining to knot the contest at 69-69, and a potential game-winning three-pointer by Schatzmann was off the mark in the final second to send the game to overtime.

The Blue Jays scored the first nine points of the contest, and held a 33-15 lead following two foul shots by Schatzmann with 7:14 left in the first half.

The Warriors responded with a 10-0 run to pull within 33-25 with 3:04 left in the half, but Schatzmann, who finished with 20 points in the half, scored nine of the Jays' final 11 points to send Elizabethtown to halftime with a 44-29 lead.

Schaffer finished with eight points and seven assists for the Blue Jays, while senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) joined Schatzmann in double figures with 18 points.

LYCOMING COLLEGE 79, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 78
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (13-2, 0-1)
Mike Schatzmann 12-26 7-9 36; Chad Piersol 4-12 8-12 18; Phil Schaffer 3-10 2-2 8; Josh Houseal 3-5 0-0 6; Mike Church 3-8 0-0 6; Bryce Rodgers 0-4 2-3 2; Keith Fogel 1-2 0-0 2; Chris Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Nick Kennedy 0-1 0-0 0; Ben Schlosser 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Dirago 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-68 19-26 78.
LYCOMING COLLEGE (9-6, 1-0)
Kevin Morris 10-15 2-2 28; Greg Sye 6-12 6-11 18; Eric Anthony 6-16 2-2 17; David Wilson 2-8 2-2 6; Jemayne Nowlin 1-8 1-2 4; Richard Varnell 2-3 0-0 4; Billy Goodell 1-1 0-0 2; Anthony Watson 0-0 0-0 0; Aaron DeVane 0-1 0-0 0; Josh Artis 0-0 0-0 0; Will Kelly 0-2 0-0 0; James Oberlies 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 13-19 79.
Elizabethtown College......... 44 25 9 - 78
Lycoming College.............. 29 40 10 - 79
3-point goals--Elizabethtown College 7-20 (Mike Schatzmann 5-11; Chad Piersol 2-5; Josh Houseal 0-2; Mike Church 0-1; Phil Schaffer 0-1), Lycoming College 10-25 (Kevin Morris 6-10; Eric Anthony 3-8; Jemayne Nowlin 1-4; David Wilson 0-3). Fouled out--Elizabethtown College-None, Lycoming College-None. Rebounds--Elizabethtown College 36 (Mike Schatzmann 7; Mike Church 7), Lycoming College 51 (Greg Sye 10). Assists--Elizabethtown College 15 (Phil Schaffer 7), Lycoming College 16 (Kevin Morris 3; James Oberlies 3; David Wilson 3). Total fouls--Elizabethtown College 15, Lycoming College 24. Technical fouls--Elizabethtown College-None, Lycoming College-None.