SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Fifteen three-pointers were not enough to lead the Susquehanna men’s basketball team to a win over visiting Juniata as the Crusaders fell 86-70 to the Eagles on Wednesday night.
SU (6-12, 2-5) shot 47 percent (15-of-32) from three-point land but could not counter a 55 percent effort (11-of-20) from the Eagles who were led in scoring by Brian Scholly’s 34 points – 18 of which were from long distance. Scholly was one of four Juniata players to net double digit points.
Freshman Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) accounted five of those 15 Susquehanna three pointers as he finished with a team-high 17 points. Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) added 13 points and seven boards while Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) led SU with eight assists to complement his six points and three boards.
Unfortunately, Juniata (13-5, 5-2) was able to score 20 points off the Crusaders’ 14 turnovers and had 22 points in the paint to SU’s 16.
The game opened in Juniata’s favor as it took the Eagles less than five minutes to build a double-digit lead, 15-3. As the half hit the midway point, SU found itself trailing by 15 (23-9) before a J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) trey cut the lead to nine (24-15) with less than nine minutes remaining in the half.
For the next seven minutes, the Eagles’ lead wavered between eight and 11 points until the Crusaders closed out the final 2:55 of the action by scoring eight of the final 13 points of the half to go into halftime down 10 (44-34). Twenty-one of the Crusaders’ 34 points in the half came from three-point range.
Juniata was able to maintain a double-digit lead for nearly all of the first 10-plus minutes of the second half until a Luke Cable (York, Pa./West York) three made it a three-point game (63-56). The Eagles went back up by 12 just three minutes later, however, and maintained that double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Perillo’s three at the 2:01 mark did keep it a 10-point game and left SU with plenty of time to make a comeback, but five free throws and an Alex Raymond three in the waning seconds sealed the Juniata win.
The men return to the court on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Drew.
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