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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
BIG FIRST HALF PROPELS SUSQUEHANNA TO SEASON SWEEP OF JAYS, 82-69
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Rob Makarewicz scored a career-high 28 points to lead Susquehanna past Elizabethtown 82-69 in a pivotal MAC Commonwealth matchup on Saturday. The win gave the Crusaders (13-5, 6-3) sole possession of third place in the Commonwealth League while dropping the Jays (10-7, 5-4) to fourth.
Etown was led by Chris Satelle with 14 points and 13 apiece from Adam Weber and Mark Sweet. Leading scorer Ryan Billet managed only 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting, but did surpass the 1,500-point scoring barrier for his career. With 1,501 career points, the senior shooting guard is currently in eighth place on Blue Jays all-time scoring list.
The Crusaders shot 17-for-27 (63.0 percent) in the first half to race out to a 47-31 halftime lead. Etown cut the deficit to 58-54 with 9:35 remaining on a bucket from Satelle, but a 13-2 run capped by Makarewicz's career-high fifth three-pointer pushed the Susquehanna edge to 71-56 with six minutes left.
Susquehanna also got 13 points from Tony Mennito and 12 points from Sean Breckley to hand Etown is first home loss of the season after seven straight wins at Thompson Gym.
The Blue Jays next take the court on Wednesday, February 4 at Widener. Game time is 8 p.m.
Three-pointers: SU 11-24 (Long 1-1, Mennito 2-4, Green 1-1, Breckley 2-3, Makarewicz 5-10, OÕNeill 0-4, Williams 0-1), Etown 4-18 (Andros 1-1, Karli 0-1, Billet 1-5, Cristofoletti 0-1, Unruh 1-2, Beamer 0-4, Weber 1-4). Rebounds: SU 34 (Rausch 7), Etown 28 (Sweet 8). Assists: SU 12 (Long 6), Etown 14 (Karli 3). Turnovers: SU 22, Etown 15. Steals: SU 9 (Makarewicz 3, Rausch 3), Etown 8 (Sweet 3, Billet 3). Fouls: SU 18, Etown 22. Technicals: None. Attendance: 800.