GLASSBORO, N.J. – A double-double from Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) and an impressive all-around team effort helped give the Susquehanna men's basketball squad a 77-65 road victory against Rowan on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders are now winners of five-straight games.
Sellinger had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, five offensive, in his 31 minutes of action. He was just one of three SU players in double figures as Spenser Spencer (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) added 17 and J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) contributed 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
What was most impressive, perhaps, was SU's overall shooting performance. Susquehanna (5-4) shot 42 percent from the floor, better than 37 percent from three-point range and sank 91 percent (21-of-23) of its free throws.
Rowan (4-7) had 17 turnovers, which led to 15 Crusader points, and shot only 20 percent from beyond the arc.
Despite the double-digit win, SU went into halftime up only one (31-30). Susquehanna jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Profs rattled off seven unanswered points to go up 7-4 five minutes into the action. They remained in the lead by as many as six points before a Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) jumper at the 8:22 mark handed SU a 17-16 edge.
That lead lasted only one possession as Rowan went back up by six (25-19) with four minutes remaining in the half. The Crusaders were able to close out the period, however, on an 11-5 run, capped off by a Wilson trey with 42 seconds on the clock, to go into the break ahead 31-30.
SU proceeded to out-score the Profs 46-35 in the second half. The Crusaders took their first double-digit lead on a Spencer jumper that made it 41-30 with 17:23 on the clock. That lead was trimmed to just one point (48-47) with 11:22 to play and Rowan regained a 49-48 lead just 30 seconds later.
That marked the last Profs lead of the night with the Crusaders regaining a seven-point advantage, 71-64, courtesy of a Spencer trey at the 2:55 mark. Rowan had no choice but to foul for the final 1:42 of play and that's where SU put the game out of reach, sinking all six of its free throw attempts, with four by Spencer, to clinch the victory.
The Crusaders are off until Dec. 29 for a 6 p.m. game at PSU-Harrisburg.
Sellinger’s Double-Double Helps Give Squad a “W”