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BLUE JAYS GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK WITH 85-74 VICTORY OVER ALBRIGHT; ETOWN OFF TO 4-1 LEAGUE START
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- A.J. Beamer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) scored a game-high 18 points, including an 11-for-13 performance from the free-throw line, to lead Elizabethtown past Albright, 85-74, in MAC Commonwealth League action on Saturday. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the league.
Adam Weber (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain) added 16 points to help Etown snap a two-game losing streak and avoid its first three-game home losing streak in four seasons. Chris Sattele (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra), Kevin Cristofoletti and Ryan Renfrow all added eight points in the winning effort.
Shawn Swavely led five Albright players in double figures with 18 points while Brendan Ferns added 16 points and Mark Moritz contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. The Lions fell to 8-4 overall (4-1 MAC Commonwealth League) while losing for only the second time in their last ten games.
Etown took control of a turnover-laden game with a 9-0 run late in the first half.
After Moritz cut the Etown lead to 25-21 with a pair of free throws, Matt Nikoloff scored two of his six points and Weber added a three-pointer to give the Jays a 30-21 edge with 2:32 left before halftime.
Reserve center Ben Kistler (New Tripoli, Pa./NW Lehigh) scored two of his career-best six points and Ross Unruh (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) added a pair of free throws to push the Etown advantage to 34-21 with 1:48 left in the first half.
Albright cut the Jays' lead to 51-44 with 10:35 left in the game following a Swavely three-pointer, but the Lions could get no closer than ten points away following a basket by Sattele and two charity tosses by Beamer. The Blue Jays hit seven consecutive free throws in the game's final two minutes to seal the crucial Commonwealth League victory.
Albright committed 29 turnovers on the day while the Blue Jays racked up 20 miscues. Etown shot 29-for-54 (53.7 percent) from the floor for the game and 23-for-29 (79.3 percent) from the free throw line in the second half, including 15-for-17 in the second half.
At 10-3, Etown is off to its best start since
1992-93, the last year the Jays earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Etown returns to action on Tuesday, January 19 at Juniata College.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Three-pointers: Albright 8-21 (Drewry 2-9, Sutton 0-1, Swavely 3-6, Randall 0-1, Ferns 3-4), Elizabethtown 4-12 (Schmoyer 0-1, Parise 1-1, Cristofoletti 1-1, Unruh 0-2, Beamer 1-1, Renfrow 0-2, Weber 1-4). Rebounds: Albright 33 (Moritz 8), Elizabethtown 28 (Nikoloff 4, Sattele 4, Renfrow 4). Assists: Albright 11 (Bumbry 4), Elizabethtown 18 (Beamer 5). Turnovers: Albright 29, Elizabethtown 20. Steals: Albright 6 (Bumbry 2), Elizabethtown 12 (Nikoloff 3, Renfrow 3). Fouls: Albright 25, Elizabethtown 20. Technicals: None. Attendance: 400.