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ETOWN SLOWS DOWN EMU OFFENSE IN 81-68 WIN; WEBER, SWEET PACE JAYS TO SUCCESSFUL HOME OPENER
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Adam Weber (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain) scored 22 points and Mark Sweet (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds to lead Elizabethtown past Eastern Mennonite, 81-68, in non-league action on Saturday. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 3-1 on the season.
A.J. Beamer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) scored 16 points and Kevin Cristofoletti (Kendall Park, N.J./Notre Dame) added a career-high 12 points as Etown held the high-flying Royals 32 points below their early-season scoring average of 100.7 points per game.
Mike McElroy (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) led four scorers in double figures with 18 points for Eastern Mennonite (3-1). Matt Yoder (Linville, Va./Broadway) added 16 points and Keion Green (Philadelphia, Pa./Christopher Dock) chipped in with 14 points for the Royals.
Trailing 58-57 after a McElroy basket with 6:58 remaining, the Blue Jays scored 24 of the game's final 34 points down the stretch to ice their season opener.
Ryan Renfrow (Norrisville, Md./North Harford) put Etown ahead for good with a driving layup and Beamer followed with two of his eight free throws to make it 61-58 with 6:31 left. After Renfrow and Yoder traded field goals, Beamer canned a jumper and Sweet stroked two charity tosses to give the Jays a 67-60 lead with 2:44 left.
Green answered with a bucket for Eastern Mennonite, but Beamer responded with a layup and Weber followed a McElroy free throw with a backbreaking three-pointer that gave Etown a 72-63 edge with 1:23 left. The Jays sealed the game in the final minute by shooting 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
The Royals charged out of the gate in game's opening minutes, taking a 20-11 lead with 13:50 left before halftime thanks to six points apiece from McElroy and Green. Etown trailed 27-20 with 9:22 left in the half before going on a 12-4 run to take its first lead since the game's opening basket.
Etown held Eastern Mennonite to 25-for-57 (43.9 percent) shooting on the afternoon. The Blue Jays shot only 25-for-63 (39.6 percent) from the floor but went 27-for-37 from the free throw line to make the difference in the game.
After averaging 7.7 points off the bench in 1997-98, Weber has scored 20 or more points in three of his first four games this season. Sweet's previous career-best rebound total was 14 boards in a 73-69 win over Lebanon Valley on February 11, 1998.
Etown returns to action on Wednesday, December
2 in its MAC Commonwealth League opener against Messiah College.
Game time is 8 p.m. The Royals open their '98-99 home slate on Monday,
November 30 against Virginia Wesleyan in a 7:30 p.m. start.
Eastern Mennonite (68)
Three-pointers: EMU 6-22 (Green 2-6, Werner 0-2, Kauffman 3-9, Perrow 0-1, Yoder 1-4), Etown 4-16 (Schmoyer 0-1, Cristofoletti 2-5, Unruh 0-2, Beamer 0-1, Renfrow 0-1, Weber 2-5, Werdt 0-1). Rebounds: EMU 41 (Lewis 8), Etown 41 (Sweet 17). Assists: EMU 10 (Kauffman 2, Longacre 2, McElroy 2), Etown 14 (Schmoyer 4). Turnovers: EMU 16, Etown 14. Steals: EMU 5 (Five tied with 1), Etown 8 (Unruh 2, Sweet 2). Fouls: EMU 31, Etown 20. Technicals: EMU bench. Attendance: 300.