SELINSGROVE, Pa. – After a three-game road stretch, the Susquehanna men’s basketball team returned home and captured a 72-60 win over visiting Moravian.
Freshman Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) broke out for a game-high 25 points, an impressive 21 of which came from beyond the arc. In fact, as a team the Crusaders (6-11, 2-4) shot nearly 43 percent from three-point range for the game.
Joining Hedley in double figures were Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg), who added 16 points, and J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) who finished with 11 and tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
The Susquehanna bench out-scored that of Moravian by a 20-6 margin. The Greyhounds (9-7, 2-4) were led by Cameron Cullen’s double-double as he had 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams traded threes to open the game before the Crusaders scored three treys in a matter of less than two minutes, two of which came from Hedley, to go ahead 16-12 with 13:15 left in the half. Hedley would go on to finish the half with 12 points, all of which came from long range.
Moravian was able to make it a two-point game several times over the next few minutes until SU went on a 12-2 run that handed Susquehanna a 33-22 advantage with less than four minutes left in the half. The Crusaders upped that lead to 14 points (36-22) on a Miller three-pointer at the 1:26 mark.
By the time the half wound down, Susquehanna maintained a nine-point lead, 36-27, and finished the half shooting 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from beyond the arc.
For the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Crusaders maintained a 10-15 point lead, including a 16-point lead (48-32) at the 15:05 mark of the half.
Miller drained another three with 10:43 on the clock to keep his squad ahead by 15 (53-38) but an 8-0 Moravian run quickly brought that lead down to just seven points (53-46) with just over six minutes to play.
SU was able to go back up by double digits on its very next possession, a Wilson three-pointer, to make it a 56-46 ballgame. While the Greyhounds kept the pressure on, they were never able to get any closer than eight points and two Miller free throws and a Hedley layup inside the 30-second mark preserved the Susquehanna lead.
The men remain at home to host Juniata on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Crusader Men Return Home, Defeat Moravian