December 12, 2009

Men's Basketball Edges Nationally Ranked No. 13 Richard Stockton, 69-66, to Win Monarch Classic

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Susquehanna University's sophomore guard and tournament MVP Spenser Spencer (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) recorded game-highs of 24 points and four steals to lead Susquehanna past nationally ranked No. 13 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 69-66, in a non-conference men's basketball championship game of the Ramada Inn/Monarch Classic at King's College (Pa.)'s McGrane Gymnasium on Dec. 12.

Spencer made 10 of 20 shots from the field, including four of 12 from three-point distance. He averaged 20.0 points per game and made eight three-pointers during the Monarch Classic en route to MVP honors.

Susquehanna (5-3 overall) trailed for the first 3 minutes, 35 seconds of this game before taking its first lead at 11-9. Richard Stockton (6-3 overall) was able to force two ties after Susquehanna took the lead, but that's the closest that the game would get, as SU went into the half up, 42-40.

SU recorded its fourth straight game with at least 10 three-pointers made, draining 10 of 25 attempts against Richard Stockton.

Susquehanna's freshman forward and all-tournament selection J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) grabbed a game-high-tying nine rebounds and chipped in nine points on 3-for-8 shooting from long range. Wilson averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the tournament.

Teammate and senior guard Bryan Majors (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) dished out a game-high-tying four assists against the Ospreys and also scored five points.

The Crusaders started the second half with a 7-0 run over the first 1:45 and slowly built their biggest lead to 11 points at 62-51 with 10:06 remaining. Richard Stockton was able to cut the score to 68-66 with just over a minute left but a missed three-pointer and two missed foul shots after that ended the day for the Ospreys.

Richard Stockton was led by junior guard Michael Farrow (Whitesboro, N.J./Middle Twp.), who notched a team-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field. Teammate and fellow junior guard Kai Massaquoi (Lawnside, N.J./Haddon Heights) tied game-highs of nine boards and four assists to go along with nine points, including perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Pat Kelly (Cape May, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) posted a team-best three steals.

Albright College (7-1 overall) defeated King's (2-7 overall), 71-70, in the Monarch Classic consolation game.

Next Game: Saturday, Dec. 19, vs. St. Mary's (Md.) at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 5:30 p.m.