November 29, 2011

Crusaders Struggle at Division II Clarion

Box Score

CLARION, Pa. – Susquehanna men’s basketball team certainly has not had an easy going in the early part of its schedule, playing two of its first three games on the road. That included Tuesday night when the Crusaders took on Division II Clarion and fell 86-44.

SU (0-3), which had not played since Nov. 22, shot just 27 percent (15-of-55) for the game while the Golden Eagles (3-3) made 31 of 63 field goal attempts and sank 78 percent of its free throws.

On the boards, SU pulled down just 29 rebounds to Clarion’s 49. The Golden Eagles also scored 22 points off 15 SU turnovers.

Two players netted double figures for SU, led by J.T. Wilson’s (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) 12 and Harley Sellinger’s (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) 10. Wilson also pulled down five rebounds and had two assists.

Clarion held a 9-5 lead four minutes into the game and a Sellinger layup one minute later kept it a four-point contest (11-7).

The Golden Eagles then went on a 11-2 run to take an 20-9 lead with less than nine minutes to play in the opening half. Sellinger broke that streak with a layup at the eight-minute mark for a  20-11 score.

However, Clarion countered with another run, this time a 7-2 stretch that made it 27-13 with 6:29 to play. SU was down by 17, 34-17, with two minutes remaining, and went into halftime behind 40-23.

The Crusaders opened the second half by scoring six points, with four netted by Sellinger, within the first two minutes to make it 44-29. The Golden Eagles upped their lead to 20 points, their largest advantage to that point, with 16:20 on the clock.

The Crusaders went down by 27 inside the eight-minute mark of the game and ultimately fell by the 42-point margin.

SU’s men are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Landmark Conference opponent Juniata for a 5:30 game.

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