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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
#25 Elizabethtown Downs Messiah 84-68
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) posted game highs of 22 points and six rebounds to lead 25th-ranked Elizabethtown College to an 84-68 victory over Messiah College in Commonwealth Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Gymnasium.
Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) added 16 points while senior Bryce Rodgers (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro) tallied a career-high 14 points for the Blue Jays (14-2 overall, 1-1 Commonwealth), who shot 55.6 percent (30-for-54) from the field as a team against the Falcons.
Andy Hawk netted a team-high 19 points for Messiah (12-5 overall, 1-1 Commonwealth), which saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end despite shooting 51.9 percent (28-for-54) from the field in the contest.
Elizabethtown jumped to an early 6-0 lead, but the Falcons rattled off 12 straight points to take their largest lead of the contest at 12-6 with 12:59 left in the first half. The Blue Jays answered with a 17-2 run capped by a three-pointer by senior Ben Schlosser (Elizabethtown, PA/Lancaster Catholic) with 7:08 left in the half.
A Schatzmann jumper at the buzzer sent the Blue Jays to intermission with a 38-25 lead, but Messiah pulled within eight at 41-33 with 17:11 to go following back-to-back three-pointers by John Boyd and Hawk.
The Blue Jays held a 59-45 lead with 11:32 to go, but Messiah scored nine straight points capped by a Boyd three-pointer to cut the Etown lead to 59-54 with 10:28 left. Etown still had a five-point lead at 61-56 with 7:39 to go, but used a 16-4 run to put the game away at 77-60 with 1:25 remaining.
Darryl Brown also reached double figures for Messiah with 18 points and five rebounds, while Boyd tallied nine points in 21 minutes. Ryan Nicholas came off the Falcon bench to notch eight points, five rebounds and five assists.
First-year student Keith Fogel (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg) posted eight points on 3-for-3 shooting and added five assists in 19 minutes off the bench for the Blue Jays, who held a slim 28-27 edge in rebounding over the Falcons.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 84, MESSIAH COLLEGE 68