Men’s basketball wins CC opener

Senior Alex Zurn led the Bullets in scoring in their conference opener against Muhlenberg. Zurn also led in both points and rebounds in a loss to York. (Photo by David Sinclair)

By Sara Laughna, Staff Writer

The Gettysburg College men’s basketball team  (2-2) started the 2012-2013 season strong, winning two out of their first three games. The Bullets’ first win came in the opening game of the 22nd annual Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament. Gettysburg beat Keuka College by a 60-39 final score to move on to the final game of the Tip-Off Tournament.
The first-round victory was a close two-point game until Gettysburg went on a 16-3 scoring run with 5:57 left in the first half. Sophomore Joe Emerusabe led Gettysburg in scoring with 13 points. Emerusabe helped spark the Bullets’ scoring run ending the first half, making the half time score, 29-14. With the win against Keuka, the Bullets advanced on to the championship game.
In the championship game, Gettysburg was not able to stop their opponent as Rowan College went on to beat Gettysburg 71-47 to win the Tip-Off Tournament.
The scoring for Rowan College was spread out as five different players scored points in the double digits. The Bullets kept the game close until a 16-2 scoring run by the Profs put the game out of reach. Tournament MVP Jason Rosenberg scored 11 points and had 10 assists for Rowan.
Senior Christian Bors said of the game that “the way our team responds will be our biggest challenge.”
The Bullets rose to the challenge as the loss did not hold the team back. Gettysburg responded with a 66-52 win against Muhlenberg College in the first Centennial Conference game of the season.
Senior Alex Zurn led the team in scoring with 18 points while Derek Brooks and Christian Bors each had 12 points. AJ Dean led Muhlenberg in scoring with 12 points. The defense for Gettysburg finished the game strong, after the game was tied 45-45 with 9:59 left in the game.
After the game, Bors spoke of the defense stating “our team defense has really improved this year.  We’re making all the correct rotations which is leading to easy points on the offensive end.  Our defense is one of the main reasons why we started the season hot.”
The Bullets fell to 2-2 following a Sunday afternoon loss to York (Pa.) College. The final score was 55-44. Zurn led the Bullets with 22 points and eight rebounds. The Bullet defense held the Spartans to a 36.5 shooting percentage.
Gettysburg will take on Johns Hopkins tonight,  Nov. 29 in Bream Gym at 8 p.m.

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