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WEBER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 24 POINTS TO LEAD ETOWN TO 76-59 VICTORY OVER DICKINSON IN '98-99 OPENER
CARLISLE, Pa. --- Adam Weber (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain) posted career highs with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead Elizabethtown to a 76-59 win over Dickinson in the first round of the Dickinson College Pizza Hut Tipoff Classic on Saturday.
With the win, Etown will face 1998 national semifinalist Wilkes University in the championship game on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Fellow captain A.J. Beamer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) also keyed the win with ten points and a team-best nine rebounds as Etown (1-0) won its third consecutive season opener. Transfer point guard Brian Schmoyer (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) scored 12 points in his first game as a Blue Jay while teammate Chris Sattele (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) added ten points and five rebounds.
Weber, who scored a a previous-best 16 points twice in 1997-98, tossed in 16 points before halftime to give the Jays a 35-27 lead at the break.
Dickinson cut a 15-point deficit to 65-59 with 2:03 remaining in the second half, but Weber knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the game to make it 68-59 with 1:48 left. Etown then tossed in the game's final eight points to close out the victory.
Matt Shaffer scored a team-high 13 points for Dickinson while Van Cathcart added 11 points in the losing effort.
The two teams will meet again in the first
round of the Elizabethtown College Sprint Blue Jay Classic on Friday, January
Three-pointers: Etown 6-17 (Cristofoletti 1-1, Unruh 0-3, Beamer 0-2, Weber 5-11), Dickinson 3-16 (Proctor 0-3, Tyler 0-1, Ferullo 0-1, Leverenz 0-2, Curry 0-4, Ellis 0-1, Shaffer 2-2, Weniger 1-2). Rebounds: Etown 43 (Beamer 9), Dickinson 32 (Weniger 6). Assists: Etown 15 (Schmoyer 4), Dickinson 9 (Ellis 5). Turnovers: Etown 22, Dickinson 19. Steals: Etown 6 (Beamer 2), Dickinson 9 (Cathcart). Fouls: Etown 21, Dickinson 22. Technicals: None. Attendance: 800.