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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Friday, November 16, 2007

Elizabethtown Advances to Days Inn Blue Jay Classic Finals With 88-54 Win Over Penn State Berks  

Rutgers-Camden/Methodist box score
Elizabethtown/Penn State Berks box score

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored a career-high 23 points to lead five Elizabethtown College players in double figures as the Blue Jays opened the 2007-08 men's basketball season with an 88-54 victory over Penn State Berks in the opening round of the Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic at Thompson Gymnasium on Friday night.

Piersol scored 15 points in the opening half as the Blue Jays (1-0 overall) led 45-23 at intermission and built their advantage over the Lions (0-1 overall) to as many as 35 points in the second half.

Elizabethtown will host Methodist University in the championship game on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. after the Monarchs defeated Rutgers-Camden 64-50 in Friday's opening contest.

Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) added 15 points and sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Elizabethtown, which never trailed in the contest.

Elizabethtown took an early 20-5 lead as Piersol scored 13 points in the opening 5 minutes, 23 seconds of the game. Penn State Berks rallied to within 20-16 thanks to consecutive three-point plays by Steven Fulton, but the Blue Jays went on a 19-3 run to end the half and take a 45-23 lead to the locker room.

In the second half, the Jays used a 14-3 run to build a 67-33 bulge with 12:46 to go, and the Lions would get no closer than 26 points the rest of the way.

A pair of first-year players also reached double figures for the Blue Jays in the collegiate debuts, as Keith Fogel (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg) and Joe Flanagan (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) tallied 10 points apiece off the Etown bench.

Adam Fusco led Penn State Berks with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals, but the Lions committed 30 turnovers and shot 37.7 percent (20-for-53) from the field in the game. Elizabethtown connected on 45.9 percent (28-for-61) from the floor and finished with a 43-40 edge in rebounds.

At Elizabethtown, PA (Thompson Gymnasium)
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 88, PENN STATE BERKS 54
PENN STATE BERKS (0-1)
Fusco, Adam 4-11 1-4 11; Fulton, Steven 3-6 3-3 9; Fowler, Mark 4-7 1-4 9; Rooney, Ryan 3-7 1-4 8; Antrom, Robert 2-2 2-2 6; Guercia, Nick 2-6 0-0 5; Giles, Donnell 2-6 1-1 5; Crossman, Ryan 0-4 1-2 1; Yocum, Ben 0-0 0-0 0; Pointer, Brad 0-0 0-2 0; Golston, Adrian 0-1 0-0 0; Allen, Rashad 0-3 0-0 0.
Totals 20-53 10-22 54.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (1-0)
Chad Piersol 7-15 6-7 23; Mike Schatzmann 5-8 4-4 15; Mike Church 3-11 6-8 12; Joe Flanagan 4-5 0-4 10; Keith Fogel 2-5 5-6 10; Josh Houseal 2-6 2-2 6; Nick Kennedy 2-4 0-0 4; Phil Schaffer 2-5 0-1 4; Matt Stein 0-0 2-2 2; Jordan Dirago 1-1 0-0 2; Ben Schlosser 0-0 0-1 0; Tony Romero 0-0 0-2 0; Chris Jones 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 28-61 25-38 88.
Penn State Berks.............. 23 31 - 54
Elizabethtown College......... 45 43 - 88
3-point goals--Penn State Berks 4-15 (Fusco, Adam 2-7; Rooney, Ryan 1-3; Guercia, Nick 1-3; Allen, Rashad 0-1; Fowler, Mark 0-1), Elizabethtown College 7-16 (Chad Piersol 3-6; Joe Flanagan 2-3; Mike Schatzmann 1-4; Keith Fogel 1-2; Josh Houseal 0-1). Fouled out--Penn State Berks-Fowler, Mark, Elizabethtown College-None. Rebounds--Penn State Berks 40 (Fusco, Adam 6; Fulton, Steven 6), Elizabethtown College 43 (Mike Church 12). Assists--Penn State Berks 8 (Allen, Rashad 3), Elizabethtown College 19 (Phil Schaffer 5). Total fouls--Penn State Berks 29, Elizabethtown College 21. Technical fouls--Penn State Berks-None, Elizabethtown College-None. A-450

METHODIST UNIVERSITY 64, RUTGERS-CAMDEN 50
METHODIST UNIVERSITY (1-0)

LEHMANN, AB 6-9 0-0 15; McDADE, Billy 4-10 4-4 13; McBRYDE, Travis 5-7 0-0 10; WINSTEAD, Travis 3-6 0-0 8; LANE, Brian 2-6 0-0 5; SIGMAN, Tyler 2-6 0-0 4; SMITH, LeuMichael 2-2 0-0 4; THOMAS, Eric 1-2 0-0 3; SHUFORD, Antwin 1-4 0-2 2; CONNOR, Marcus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 4-6 64.
RUTGERS-CAMDEN (0-1)
Antoine Miller 5-11 3-7 13; Bill Banks 4-7 0-0 12; Alex Rislin 5-11 0-2 10; Tarell Robinson 2-8 0-0 4; Brandon Canty 2-3 0-0 4; Tony Normil 0-1 2-2 2; Rory Thornton 1-6 0-0 2; Joshua Askew 1-5 0-0 2; Tim Skroski 0-2 1-2 1; Jared Meredith 0-0 0-0 0; Liam James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 6-13 50.
Methodist University.......... 27 37 - 64
Rutgers-Camden................ 27 23 - 50
3-point goals--Methodist University 8-17 (LEHMANN, AB 3-4; WINSTEAD, Travis 2-4; THOMAS, Eric 1-1; McDADE, Billy 1-4; LANE, Brian 1-3; SIGMAN, Tyler 0-1), Rutgers-Camden 4-9 (Bill Banks 4-5; Tony Normil 0-1; Rory Thornton 0-2; Tim Skroski 0-1). Fouled out--Methodist University-None, Rutgers-Camden-Alex Rislin. Rebounds--Methodist University 29 (SHUFORD, Antwin 8), Rutgers-Camden 38 (Antoine Miller 7; Tim Skroski 7). Assists--Methodist University 17 (THOMAS, Eric 5), Rutgers-Camden 7 (Tarell Robinson 2; Tony Normil 2). Total fouls--Methodist University 14, Rutgers-Camden 12. Technical fouls--Methodist University-None, Rutgers-Camden-None. A-25