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ETOWN STAYS HOT WITH 99-77 WIN OVER SUSQUEHANNA; WEBER LEADS SIX JAYS IN DOUBLE FIGURES WITH 24 POINTS
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Adam Weber (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain) led six Blue Jays in double figures with 24 points as Elizabethtown rolled to a 99-77 victory over Susquehanna in MAC Commonwealth League action. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.
A.J. Beamer (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) posted 14 points and ten rebounds for his second straight double-double while Brian Schmoyer (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) added 11 points and a team-high six assists. Etown has now won 19 of its previous 22 games at home in Thompson Gymnasium.
Rob Makarewicz and Mike Barrette each collected 17 points to lead the way for Susquehanna (1-4, 1-1). Jarrod O'Neill chipped in with ten points for the Crusaders.
Looking to avenge an 82-69 home loss in their last meeting with Susquehanna, Etown jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held the Crusaders scoreless until Mike Barrette hit a jumper with 13:46 remaining in the half.
Back-to-back layups from Corey Green pulled Susquehanna to within 11-7, but Chris Sattele (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) and Mark Sweet (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) scored four points apiece in an 8-0 run to push the lead to 19-7. Makarewicz answered with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to nine, but Beamer stroked a jumper and Weber connected on a pair of treys to give the Blue Jays a 27-10 edge with 6:15 to play before halftime.
Susquehanna cut the lead to 41-30 with 5.8 seconds left in the half on a pair of free throws by Garrett Thompson, but Beamer drained a three-pointers as time expired to give Etown a 44-30 lead heading into the locker room.
The Blue Jays stopped any hope of a Crusader comeback with a 12-0 run to start the second half, capped by a three-point play from Beamer with 16:17 left in the game.
Sweet finished the game with 13 points for Etown while Sattele scored 12 points and Kevin Cristofoletti (Kendall Park, N.J./Notre Dame) added ten points. As a team, the Blue Jays shot 38-for-66 (57.6 percent) from the field on the night, including 7-for-15 from three-point land.
At 5-1, Etown is off to its best start since
getting out of the gate at 6-0 in 1996-97. The Blue Jays return to
action on Tuesday, December 8 at Widener University. Game time is
Three-pointers: SU 9-29 (Witcoskie 1-5, Mennito 1-4, Breckley 1-4, Makarewicz 2-5, Thompson 1-1, Barrette 0-5, Boblick 0-1, O'Neill 3-4), Etown 7-15 (Schmoyer 1-2, Cristofoletti 0-2, Unruh 0-3, Beamer 1-1, Weber 5-6, Werdt 0-1). Rebounds: SU 29 (Barrette 7), Etown 41 (Beamer 10). Assists: SU 12 (Breckley 4), Etown 25 (Schmoyer 6). Turnovers: SU 17, Etown 15. Steals: SU 8 (Mennito 2, Thompson 2), Etown 11 (Renfrow 3). Fouls: SU 18, Etown 23. Technicals: None. Attendance: 350.