BALTIMORE, Md. – Junior center Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain) recorded a double-double and three players finished in double figures as Susquehanna’s men’s basketball team edged Eastern 68-66 in the 22nd Blue Jay Invitational consolation game Thursday evening, hosted by Johns Hopkins University.
Sellinger recorded his first double-double of the season, knocking in 12 points while pulling down 11 boards en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep.) and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter-Strasburg) both scored 13 points and Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J. / Holmdel) dished out a game-high four assists and went 5-of-8 from the foul line.
The Crusaders (4-8) went ahead 52-51when A.J. Dean knocked down a jumper with 9:48 left in the second half. Sellinger made two field goals and Miller knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the next few possessions to increase the SU advantage to 62-57.
The Eagles (2-11) hit a three-pointer of their own and a couple of foul shots, trimming the Crusader lead to one before Perillo and Wally Rutecki (Springfield, Pa. / Springfield) both hit a pair of free throws to give SU a 67-62 advantage with 1:22 left in the game.
Two jumpers by Eastern got the Eagles within one point with nine seconds left but another Perillo shot from the charity stripe gave SU the 68-66 win.
SU took an early 5-2 lead after a layup by Sellinger but the Eagles then went on a 12-5 run to claim a 14-10 lead with 11:55 remaining in the first half.
Both teams traded field goals during the next few minutes as Eastern’s lead never grew past five points. Another Sellinger layup at 5:21 made the deficit three (26-23) and Hedley sunk a three-pointer and a fast-break layup to cut the Eagle lead to two (30-28) with a little over three minutes to go in the opening period.
Hedley made yet another long-range trey and a layup by Tre Dean (Dallas, Texas / Greenhill School) gave the Crusaders the lead 33-32 and SU took a one-point lead into halftime (35-34). Hedley led all scorers at the break with 11 points, shooting 3-for-6 from three-point land.
SU only shot 28 percent for the game from beyond the arc but had more second-chance points (21) and more rebounds (34) than the Eagles.
The Crusaders host Landmark Conference opponent Drew on Saturday at 4 p.m.