LORETTO, Pa. – Susquehanna sophomore center Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain) posted a double-double as the Crusaders fell to Division I (FCS) opponent St. Francis (Pa.) 72-63 in an exhibition game on Saturday evening.
SU has played a D-I opponent in back-to-back years (Lafayette in 2010).
Junior forward J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII Regional) scored seven points in the first 3:41 of the game as SU jumped out to an early lead 9-8.
The Red Flash gained the lead 15-13 at the 13:30 mark but a three-pointer by senior guard Spenser Spencer (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) and a layup by freshman guard/forward Tony Seldon (Bloomfield, Conn. / Northwest Catholic) reclaimed the lead for SU 18-15.
The Crusaders led by 10 points with 1:14 remaining in the first half after a Seldon three-pointer.
SU took the lead into halftime 38-31 behind 11 points off the bench from Seldon (7) and sophomore forward Wally Rutecki (Springfield, Pa. / Springfield Delco) (4).
Sellinger shot 6-for-6 from the free throw line and the team went 10-of-11 from the line in the opening half.
SU began the second half with a Brendan Rezny (Sparta, N.J. / Sparta) jumper and Sellinger scored the next eight Crusader points to hold a slim 48-47 lead at 14:44, which was the last lead for SU in the game.
St. Francis quickly went on a 15-4 run in the next seven minutes to jump to a ten point lead, 62-52, which put the game away.
The bench was critical for the Red Flash in the second half, scoring 13 points. St. Francis also had 11 points off of turnovers.
Umar Shannon and Scott Eatherton had 19 and 18 points, respectively to lead St. Francis.
Sellinger finished the evening with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer and Wilson joined in double figures with 16 and 11 points apiece.
The Crusaders open up the 2011-12 regular season as they host New Jersey City on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium.