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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Elizabethtown Earns Ninth Straight Victory By Defeating Rutgers-Camden, 79-51
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College shot 56.9 percent from the field and improved to 9-0 for the first time in school history with a 79-51 victory over Rutgers-Camden in non-conference men's basketball action at Thompson Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Mike Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) led the Blue Jays in scoring with his third straight 18-point effort, while senior Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) added 14 of his 16 points in the first half as Etown never trailed against the Scarlet Raptors (2-7 overall), who shot 32 percent (16-for-50) from the field as a team.
Sophomore Mike Church (Peach Bottom, PA/Solanco) finished with eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots for the Blue Jays, who hit 29-of-51 shots from the field and scored 30 points off 28 Rutgers-Camden turnovers.
The Blue Jays scored the game's first six points and built their lead to double figures at 18-8 with 12:14 left in the opening half. Etown's advantage swelled to 38-19 at halftime as Piersol went for 14 points while Schatzmann added 12.
In the second half, the Blue Jays went on a 16-0 run spanning five minutes to take a 56-25 lead with 12:40 to play. Elizabethtown's largest lead was at 61-29 with 10:40 to go following a three-point play by first-year student Keith Fogel (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg), who finished with eight points.
Brandon Canty was the lone player to reach double figures for Rutgers-Camden, as he finished with 11 points off the bench. Alex Rislin added nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Raptors, who finished with a 35-26 edge on the glass over the Blue Jays.
Junior Phil Schaffer (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) scored just two points for the Blue Jays, but added four rebounds, a game-high seven assists and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.
The triumph for the Blue Jays was the 897th in program history, leaving the team three wins shy of reaching 900 all-time victories.
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