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02/04/06

NAZARETH WINS SHOOTOUT OVER ITHACA, 95-88
Golden Flyers (7-12) host Elmira Saturday at 4 p.m.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Feb. 3, 2006) -- Sophomore Ryan McAdam (pictured) posted game highs in points with 24 and rebounds with eight Friday to lead host Nazareth past Ithaca in men's basketball, 95-88.

The Empire 8 Conference victory evened Nazareth's conference record at 4-4 and improved its overall mark to 7-12. Ithaca is 9-10 overall and 5-3 in the Empire 8. Both teams shot well from the field as they combined to make 23 three-point baskets. Ithaca shot 14 for 27 from beyond the three-point arc, while Nazareth went 9 for 18.

McAdam, of Fairport, made 5 of 7 shots from the field, including two three-point baskets to lead the way for Nazareth. He also went 12-for-13 from the free throw line in 38 minutes of action. Three other Nazareth players also scored in double figures, led by Matt Groot's 19 points. Joe Canori finished with 16 and freshman Jeff DeHimer came off the bench to score 10.

Nazareth got off to a good start in building a 14-point first-half lead before Ithaca rallied to close within four, 43-39, by halftime. Canori scored 11 of his points in the first half to pace the Golden Flyers.

Nazareth was ahead in the second half until Ithaca tied the score briefly at 53-53 on a free throw by Jonathan Whetstone with 14:58 left. Nazareth answered with a pair of free throws from Kyle Nelson with 14:37 to play and the Bombers never caught up again.

Nazareth's lead grew as large as 15 points, 74-59, following a basket by DeHimer with 8:09 to play. The Bombers came back to within three, 78-75, on a three-pointer by Brian Joe with 3:09 to play. McAdam helped spread the lead back to eight by hitting a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.

Nazareth returns to action Saturday for another Empire 8 Conference home game against Elmira at 4 p.m. (WHTK-AM 1280 and www.whtk.com).

source: http://www.naz.edu/dept/athletics/basketball/mens/releases0506/ithaca2-3-06.htm