SU Holds Off Drew to Take Road Win from Rangers

SU Holds Off Drew to Take Road Win from Rangers

MADISON, N.J. – While the Susquehanna men's basketball team saw a double-digit lead disappear to Drew, the Crusaders came up with clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off the Rangers 74-66.

Brandon Hedley and J.T. Wilson scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, with 12 of Hedley's points coming from three-point range. As a team, SU (7-12, 3-5) shot better than 45 percent from three-point range.

A big key in keeping Drew (9-10, 3-5) in the game was the fact that the Rangers shot nearly 95 percent from the free throw line and scored 13 points off of Susquehanna's 13 turnovers.

The teams traded threes to open the game before Drew went ahead 7-4 after less than three minutes of action. Hedley drained back-to-back buckets, including a three-pointer, to give SU its first lead of afternoon at 10-9.

The Rangers regained the lead before a Wilson trey at the 12:18 mark made it 14-13 in favor of the Crusaders. That was part of a 7-0 SU run that gave Susquehanna an 18-13 advantage with 11:21 still to play in the half.

Wilson's layup with 8:20 on the clock put Susquehanna ahead by double digits for the first time in the game (26-18). Luke Cable made it a 28-21 game and by the time the half hit the one-minute mark, Susquehanna found itself leading by 11 (40-29). The Crusaders would remain ahead by 12 (43-31) as the teams went into halftime.

Susquehanna scored nine of the half's first 14 points to make it 51-36 four minutes into the half's action. However, the Rangers countered with a 12-0 run for a 51-48 score with just over 11 minutes to play in the game.

SU was able to counter with a Wilson three and a three-point play from Tony Seldon to push the lead back up to nine (57-48). As the clock wound down inside the seven-minute mark, Drew was still within just four of the lead (57-53), though.

The Rangers proceed to sink four free throws and, combined with a Jason Huelbig layup, knotted the game at 59 with 4:05 to play.

SU countered with five unanswered points to go back up by seven, 66-59, with only 1:36 left to play. Seven free throws down the stretch, however, fought off any more Drew comeback attempts and sealed the 74-66 win for the Crusaders.

Both SU and Drew took part in Suits and Sneakers during Saturday's game in recognition of cancer awareness.

SU returns to action on Wednesday when the team hosts Goucher at 7:30 p.m.