February 2, 2008

Robinson Hits 1,000 Point Milestone in 73-60 Loss to Scranton

SCRANTON, PA – Senior Josh Robinson (Mahwah, N.J./River Dell) moves onto Susquehanna’s all-time scoring list with 1,016 career points as the Crusaders dropped their second straight conference game on the road at Scranton on Saturday afternoon. Robinson joins current teammate Kevin Cuff (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity B.V.M.) who reached the milestone during the Coastal Carolina game on Jan. 5. With the loss, SU drops to 10-9 overall and 7-2 in league play.

Susquehanna jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a layup from Bryan Majors (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) in the opening minute of play. The Royals (13-7, 5-4) scored 5 straight to take a 7-6 short-lived lead three minutes into the game. Robinson’s trey at the 16:45 mark ignited the Crusaders to rattle off five more unanswered points within the minute to achieve a 12-6 margin. Scranton snapped the run on a Paul Biagioli layup, but SU followed the next possession with a Joel Patch (Conklin, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley) layup.

The Royals tied the score at 16-16 on a three-pointer by Ryan Kirk, and took their first lead since the beginning of the game on a Dan O’Connell basket the next possession. The Crusaders knotted the score at 18-18 on a pair of free-throws by Robinson with just over five minutes remaining in the period, but SU was never able to gain the advantage. Scranton netted 12 points in the last four minutes, while the Crusaders were held to just one point to trail 44-29 heading into the half.

Robinson led all scorers at the half with 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Kirk and Kevin FitzPatrick led Scranton with nine points. The Crusaders was 50 percent from the field on 10-of-20 shooting, while the Royals were 63 percent (17-of-27).

Scranton kept a comfortable double-digit advantage in the second half as Susquehanna trailed by as many as 18 points. The Crusaders notched an 11-3 run over a six-minute span to pull to within 10, 59-49, with just under nine minutes to play. However, Susquehanna would not get closer than that as Scranton held on to its double-digit lead for the win.

Robinson finished with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including an 11-for-14 tab at the charity stripe. Cuff finished with nine points while Patch, Cosgrove, and Majors followed closely behind with eight. Bioagioli, Kirk, and FitzPatrick paced the Royals with 14 points apiece. Bicknell tallied 12 points and a game-best 10 boards.
Susquehanna is back in action on Saturday Feb. 9 at home against Goucher College in the second game of the conference double-header at 7:30 p.m.

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