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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Sunday, November 25, 2007

Elizabethtown Boosts Record to 4-0 With 55-50 Win at Neumann  

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ASTON, Pa. --- Sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) scored a career-high 19 points while senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) added 18 points and eight rebounds as Elizabethtown College extended its best start since 1996-97 to 4-0 with a 55-50 victory at Neumann College in non-conference men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Jay defense held the Knights (2-1 overall) to 32.6 percent shooting (15-for-46) from the field in the contest in opening the season with four straight wins for the first time since posting six consecutive victories to open the 1996-97 season.

Derahn Patrick led Neumann with 13 points while DJ Fritz added 12 points and Eli Hitchens chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.

Elizabethtown led just 24-23 at halftime and took its largest lead of the contest at 30-23 on two foul shots by Schatzmann with 14:55 to play.

However, Neumann fought back to knot the score at 43-43 on two free throws by Patrick with 6:09 remaining. Elizabethtown regained the lead for good at 47-45 on a basket by senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and held off a last-ditch Knight rally to claim the victory.

Schatzmann finished 8-for-9 from the foul line for the Blue Jays, who went 16-for-21 at the stripe as a team, while also dishing out a game-high five assists.

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 55, NEUMANN COLLEGE 50
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE (4-0)
Mike Church 7-12 5-7 19; Mike Schatzmann 4-11 8-9 18; Chad Piersol 3-7 1-2 8; Nick Kennedy 2-3 0-0 4; Phil Schaffer 1-1 1-1 3; Josh Houseal 1-3 0-0 2; Keith Fogel 0-3 1-2 1; Ben Schlosser 0-0 0-0 0; Bryce Rodgers 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Dirago 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 16-21 55.
NEUMANN COLLEGE (2-1)
Derahn Patrick 3-9 6-6 13; DJ Fritz 4-9 3-3 12; Eli Hitchens 4-8 1-2 10; Thomas Davis 1-3 4-4 6; Benjamin Whitt 1-7 2-2 5; Na'Sheed Linton 2-2 0-0 4; Toure' Wright 0-1 0-0 0; Marquise Boggs 0-5 0-0 0; Lewis Nixon 0-0 0-0 0; Mike Hitches 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 16-17 50.
Elizabethtown College......... 24 31 - 55
Neumann College............... 23 27 - 50
3-point goals--Elizabethtown College 3-11 (Mike Schatzmann 2-8; Chad Piersol 1-1; Josh Houseal 0-1; Mike Church 0-1), Neumann College 4-13 (Benjamin Whitt 1-4; DJ Fritz 1-2; Derahn Patrick 1-1; Eli Hitchens 1-3; Marquise Boggs 0-2; Thomas Davis 0-1). Fouled out--Elizabethtown College-None, Neumann College-Derahn Patrick. Rebounds--Elizabethtown College 34 (Mike Schatzmann 8), Neumann College 23 (Thomas Davis 9). Assists--Elizabethtown College 11 (Mike Schatzmann 5), Neumann College 12 (Thomas Davis 3). Total fouls--Elizabethtown College 21, Neumann College 17. Technical fouls--Elizabethtown College-None, Neumann College-None. A-256