SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep of conference games with a 66-65 win over visiting Moravian on Saturday afternoon.
SU (11-6, 5-2) at one point led by as many as 11 points before the Greyhounds (9-9, 4-3) made it a game late in the action. Fortunately the Crusaders were able to hold off Moravian in the closing seconds to make it three straight wins, all against league opponents.
Yet again Spenser Spencer (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) led SU in scoring with 16 points to move into eighth place on SU’s list of all-time scorers.
Spencer was one of three Crusaders in double figures for a team that shot better than 44 percent from the floor. J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) added 15 points, six rebounds and two assists while Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Free throw shooting was problematic for both squads, though, with the Greyhounds shooting just 56 percent and SU sinking only 57 percent of its throws from the charity stripe.
Wilson gave Susquehanna its first lead of the game, 7-6, on a three-pointer at the 17-minute mark. The Crusaders proceeded to go up by five (11-6) less than two minutes later, but Moravian was able to take the lead thanks to six unanswered points.
The Greyhounds remained in the lead until 9:33 was left in the half when a Spencer three-pointer made it 19-18 in favor of SU. Susquehanna proceeded to build an eight-point advantage (29-21) over the next six minutes and eventually took a 35-27 lead into the locker room.
Less than 10 seconds in to the second half, a three-point play from Sellinger made it 38-27 and while Moravian got within one twice over the next few minutes of play, the Crusaders did not let them pull any closer until the 4:37 mark, when Cameron Cullen tied the game at 58 on a layup.
Despite three tied scores over the remainder of the game, Moravian was never actually able to take sole possession of the lead. It was tied at 64 with 1:45 to play before Spencer sank two game-deciding free throws and D.J. Strayhorn missed his game-tying jumper attempt as the Crusaders came away with the win.
Susquehanna travels to USMMA next Friday for a 7:30 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. game at Drew on Saturday.