WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three players scored in double figures for Susquehanna’s men’s basketball team Wednesday night, but this wasn’t enough as the Crusaders fell to 11th-ranked Catholic 82-65.
SU (5-11, 1-4) were led by freshman Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep.) who scored 16 points, 12 of which came from long distance. Classmates Luke Cable (York, Pa. / West York) and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter Strasburg) scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain) pulled down a team-best seven boards in the defeat.
The Cardinals (14-2, 4-1) had every starter score in double-digits, as Chris Kearney and Steve Limberiou each had 19 points. Catholic shot 52.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from behind the arc, and 80 percent from the foul line.
Miller made a jumper at 17:48 in the first half, giving SU an early lead. From then on, Catholic went on a 25-8 run in the next nine minutes.
Hedley cut the deficit to eight (39-31) with only 48 ticks left in the first half, but a pair of free throws gave the Cardinals a 41-31 lead going into intermission.
Catholic opened up the second period on a quick 7-0 spurt and pushed their lead to 20 (57-37) at 14:39. SU got within 14 points after a Cable three-pointer, but that was the closest the Crusaders got for the remainder of the contest.
The Crusaders host league opponent Moravian on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.