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BLUE JAYS FALL TO NATIONALLY-RANKED LEBANON VALLEY, 84-67; BEAMER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 22 POINTS IN LOSS
ANNVILLE, Pa. --- Andy Panko scored a game-high 31 points and added seven rebounds to lead Lebanon Valley to an 84-67 win over Elizabethtown in MAC Commonwealth League action on Wednesday. With the loss, the Blue Jays fell to 12-9 on the season and 6-5 in the league.
A.J. Beamer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) scored a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the first half, to lead the Etown effort while Adam Weber (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain) and Mark Sweet (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) added 16 points apiece in the Jays' fifth straight loss.
Lebanon Valley led 41-26 with 4:17 remaining in the first half, but Etown fought back to pull within 49-41 heading into the locker room.
A three-pointer from Kevin Cristofoletti (Kendall Park, N.J./Notre Dame) and a jumper from Weber cut the Dutchmen lead to 49-46 in the first two minutes of the second half, but went on a 12-3 run to take a 61-49 lead with 14:06 left. The Blue Jays could get no closer than ten points the rest of the way.
Brian Schmoyer (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) led the Blue Jays with six assists while Sweet pulled down a team-best nine rebounds. Etown shot 22-for-60 (36.7 percent) from the field on the evening and only 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range.
The Blue Jays return to action on Saturday, February 13 at Albright College. Game time is 8 p.m.
Lebanon Valley (84)
Three-pointers: Elizabethtown 3-17 (Schmoyer 0-2, Praise 0-2, Cristofoletti 1-3, Unruh 0-1, Beamer 2-5, Weber 0-3, Porambo 0-1), Lebanon Valley 3-17 (Horst 1-2, Panko 2-5, Phoebus 0-5, Strobeck 0-3, Vogtman 0-2). Rebounds: Elizabethtown 37 (Sweet 9), Lebanon Valley 38 (Pfeil 10). Assists: Elizabethtown 10 (Schmoyer 6), Lebanon Valley 24 (Phoebus 6) . Turnovers: Elizabethtown 14, Lebanon Valley 11. Blocked Shots: Elizabethtown 0, Lebanon Valley 3 (Horst 1, Panko 1, Pfeil 1). Steals: Elizabethtown 3 (Praise 1, Sattele 1, Cristofoletti 1), Lebanon Valley 8 (Panko 2, Phoebus 2). Personal Fouls: Elizabethtown 22, Lebanon Valley 18. Technical Fouls: None. Attendance: 1350.