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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Widener Drops Elizabethtown 84-68 in Season Finale
CHESTER, Pa. --- Nyere Miller finished 7-for-11 from three-point range and scored a game-high 26 points to lead Widener University to an 84-68 victory over Elizabethtown College in Commonwealth Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Charles Jones added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Pride (20-5 overall, 6-4 Commonwealth), who used runs of 13-0 in the first half and 17-2 in the second half and went 13-for-27 overall from three-point range to earn the victory over the Blue Jays (15-9 overall, 2-8 Commonwealth).
Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) led Elizabethtown with 19 points and six rebounds while sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) tallied 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. However, Elizabethtown finished just 2-for-19 on three-point attempts as a team, including 1-for-11 in the second half.
Widener earned the third seed in next week's Commonwealth Conference playoffs and will play at Albright College in a semifinal game on Wednesday night. Lebanon Valley College will play at top-seeded Lycoming College in Wednesday's other semifinal contest.
Elizabethtown led 54-52 with 10:35 to play, but Jones hit a three-pointer on Widener's next possession to give the Pride the lead for good at 55-54. Widener would go on to score 14 of the game's next 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers by Miller, to take a 69-56 lead with 6:44 left.
In the first half, the Blue Jays scored the first six points of the contest and held a 12-6 lead with 13:34 remaining in the half. However, consecutive three-pointers by Miller tied the score at 12-12 just 33 seconds later, and Widener would go on to lead by as many as seven points before taking a 35-32 lead to halftime.
The Pride held a 44-34 lead with 17:30 to play, but the Blue Jays tied the game with a 13-3 run at 47-47 following a three-pointer by senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) with 15:09 left.
Schatzmann finished with 11 points for the Blue Jays, while fellow senior Bryce Rodgers (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro) added eight points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
WIDENER UNIVERSITY 84, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 68