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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Saturday, November 17, 2007

Elizabethtown Wins Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic Title With 86-76 Win over Methodist 

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

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored 23 points for the second consecutive day to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors as Elizabethtown College defeated Methodist University 86-76 in the championship game of the Days Inn East Blue Jay Classic at Thompson Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) also scored 23 points and pulled a team-high nine rebounds for the Blue Jays (2-0 overall), who nailed nine three-pointers as a team and never trailed to capture the tournament title for the first time since 2004.

Billy McDade led the Monarchs (1-1 overall) with a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds, but Methodist was unable to pull any closer than nine points in the second half after trailing 47-37 at intermission.

Piersol was named Most Valuable Player for his efforts in the tournament, while Schatzmann was joined on the All-Tournament team by sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco), McDade and AB Lehmann of Methodist, and Bill Banks of Rutgers-Camden.

Elizabethtown dashed out to an early 9-2 lead and built their margin to double figures at 27-17 with 8:16 left in the first half, past of a 10-0 run that was capped by consecutive three-pointers by Schatzmann and senior Ben Schlosser (Elizabethtown, PA/Lancaster Catholic), the latter giving the Jays a 33-17 lead with 7:24 left in the half.

In the second half, Elizabethtown took its largest lead of the game at 54-37 on a layup by Schatzmann iw th 16:47 to play. Methodist cut the deficit to 79-70 on a basket by McDade with 3:37 to play, but the Blue Jays salted the game away by making five free throws in the final two minutes.

Church finished wih 14 points and five rebounds for Elizabethtown, while sophomore Josh Houseal (Landisville, PA/Hempfield) tallied nine points and six rebounds. Junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) chalked up a game-high six assists while first-year student Keith Fogel (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg) came off the bench to add seven points and five assists in 18 minutes of action.

Antwin Shuford posted 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Monarchs, while Travis McBryde added 14 points, four boards and three blocks off the Methodist bench. The Monarchs shot 42.6 percent (26-for-61) from the field but canned 21-of-22 from the free-throw line.

In the consolation game, Rutgers-Camden rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn State Berks 64-59, behind a game-high 22 points from Banks including the go-ahead three-pointer with 58 seconds left in the regulation. Adam Fusco led Penn State Berks with 19 points, but the Lions committed 29 turnovers.

At Elizabethtown, PA (Thompson Gymnasium)
Championship game
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 86, METHODIST UNIVERSITY 76
METHODIST UNIVERSITY (1-1)
McDADE, Billy 6-16 12-12 26; SHUFORD, Antwin 7-11 1-2 15; McBRYDE, Travis 6-9 2-2 14; LEHMANN, AB 3-8 2-2 9; SMITH, LeuMichael 2-2 2-2 6; WINSTEAD, Travis 1-4 0-0 2; THOMAS, Eric 0-6 2-2 2; SIGMAN, Tyler 1-4 0-0 2; CONNOR, Marcus 0-0 0-0 0; LANE, Brian 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 21-22 76.
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (2-0)
Mike Schatzmann 7-13 6-7 23; Chad Piersol 8-18 5-6 23; Mike Church 6-13 2-3 14; Josh Houseal 3-5 2-2 9; Keith Fogel 2-3 1-2 7; Phil Schaffer 2-5 1-2 5; Ben Schlosser 1-1 0-0 3; Nick Kennedy 1-4 0-1 2; Tony Romero 0-0 0-2 0; Joe Flanagan 0-0 0-0 0; Chris Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Stein 0-2 0-0 0; Jordan Dirago 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-64 17-25 86.
Methodist University.......... 37 39 - 76
Elizabethtown College......... 47 39 - 86
3-point goals--Methodist University 3-15 (McDADE, Billy 2-6; LEHMANN, AB 1-3; WINSTEAD, Travis 0-2; THOMAS, Eric 0-2; SIGMAN, Tyler 0-1; LANE, Brian 0-1), Elizabethtown College 9-23 (Mike Schatzmann 3-7; Chad Piersol 2-7; Keith Fogel 2-3; Josh Houseal 1-1; Ben Schlosser 1-1; Matt Stein 0-1; Phil Schaffer 0-1; Mike Church 0-2). Fouled out--Methodist University-SHUFORD, Antwin, Elizabethtown College-None. Rebounds--Methodist University 36 (SHUFORD, Antwin 9; McDADE, Billy 9), Elizabethtown College 38 (Mike Schatzmann 9). Assists--Methodist University 17 (LEHMANN, AB 5), Elizabethtown College 22 (Phil Schaffer 6). Total fouls--Methodist University 24, Elizabethtown College 18. Technical fouls--Methodist University-SHUFORD, Antwin; McDADE, Billy, Elizabethtown College-None. A-375

Consolation game
RUTGERS-CAMDEN 64, PENN STATE BERKS 59
RUTGERS-CAMDEN (1-1)

Bill Banks 7-15 2-3 22; Antoine Miller 3-11 4-5 10; Tarell Robinson 3-8 3-7 9; Rory Thornton 3-7 1-1 8; Joshua Askew 2-7 0-2 6; Tim Skroski 2-3 0-0 4; Jared Meredith 2-3 0-0 4; Alex Rislin 0-4 1-2 1; Liam James 0-0 0-0 0; Mark McCloskey 0-1 0-0 0; Brandon Canty 0-0 0-0 0; Tony Normil 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 11-20 64.
PENN STATE BERKS (0-2)
Fusco, Adam 7-10 1-2 19; Allen, Rashad 5-8 0-0 10; Rooney, Ryan 2-4 2-2 8; Golston, Adrian 2-3 2-2 6; Fowler, Mark 2-4 1-2 5; Crossman, Ryan 1-7 2-2 5; Fulton, Steven 2-5 0-4 4; Antrom, Robert 1-2 0-0 2; Guercia, Nick 0-2 0-0 0; Giles, Donnell 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 22-46 8-16 59.
Rutgers-Camden................ 25 39 - 64
Penn State Berks.............. 30 29 - 59
3-point goals--Rutgers-Camden 9-20 (Bill Banks 6-10; Joshua Askew 2-4; Rory Thornton 1-3; Alex Rislin 0-1; Tony Normil 0-1; Tarell Robinson 0-1), Penn State Berks 7-20 (Fusco, Adam 4-6; Rooney, Ryan 2-4; Crossman, Ryan 1-5; Fowler, Mark 0-1; Guercia, Nick 0-2; Allen, Rashad 0-2). Fouled out--Rutgers-Camden-None, Penn State Berks-Fusco, Adam; Rooney, Ryan. Rebounds--Rutgers-Camden 30 (Jared Meredith 6), Penn State Berks 38 (Golston, Adrian 9). Assists--Rutgers-Camden 17 (Alex Rislin 5), Penn State Berks 13 (Golston, Adrian 3). Total fouls--Rutgers-Camden 19, Penn State Berks 22. Technical fouls--Rutgers-Camden-None, Penn State Berks-Fusco, Adam. A-30

All-tournament team: Mike Schatzmann (Etown), Mike Church (Etown), AB Lehmann (Methodist), Billy McDade (Methodist), Bill Banks (Rutgers-Camden)
Most Valuable Player: Chad Piersol (Etown)