WILLIAMSPORT— A desperation three-point attempt as time expired couldn’t lift Susquehanna past Lycoming as the Crusaders fell to the Warriors 67-66 in a non-conference thriller on Tuesday evening at Lamade Gym.
SU (0-2) took the lead into halftime 32-29 behind 4-of-4 shooting and nine points from junior forward J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII Regional) and seven points and six boards from sophomore center Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain).
The Crusaders shot 46 percent from the field compared to 34 percent for Lycoming. SU held the edge in defensive rebounding 15-10 in the opening half.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second half with the lead never going past five points on either side.
Two Warrior free throws gave Lycoming a three-point edge (67-64) with 30 seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Wally Rutecki (Springfield, Pa. / Springfield) made a layup to cut the deficit to 67-66 with 20 ticks left on the clock.
Lycoming (4-0) went on to miss two crucial free throws to give the Crusaders one last possession to win the contest.
SU fired off a desperation three-pointer as time expired to give the Warriors the nail-biting victory.
Sellinger was tied for the team-high with 14 points and grabbed nine boards. Senior guard Spenser Spencer (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) finished the evening tied with Sellinger with 14 points and six assists. Wilson registered 12 points in the defeat.
Forward Kevin Anthony recorded 13 points and Anthony Martin finished with 12 points for Lycoming.
The Crusaders are back in action next Tuesday, Nov. 29 as they travel to take on Division II opponent Clarion at 7 p.m.