TOWSON, Md. – Susquehanna fended off a late attempt at a comeback from Goucher to come away with a 60-46 home win against the Gophers. It marked the Crusaders’ second win in a row and third in their last four.
Three players reached the double-digit mark for SU (8-12 4-5), led by 14 from junior center Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain). Freshman Luke Cable (York, Pa./West York) netted 12 points – all of which came from three-point range – and Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) finished with 11.
Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) racked up a game-high 10 assists to complement a six-point, four steal performance in his 36 minutes of action.
As a team, the Crusaders shot better than 40 percent from the field and nearly 32 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-22). The Susquehanna defense held Goucher (5-14, 3-6) to a 34.6 percent shooting effort that included sinking just three treys all night.
Hedley opened the game with a three-pointer just 57 seconds into the action. However, it was a low-scoring start to the game as the Crusaders led by just six, 13-7, nearly midway through the half. After Goucher scored its seventh point at the 10:38 mark, the Gophers proceeded to go six minutes without scoring while SU went on a 15-0 run to go up 28-7.
Cable accounted for the final three points of that run with a trey at the 4:25 mark. He went on to finish the half with a game-high nine points.
Goucher was able to score 11 points over the final 3:28 of the half but the Crusaders scored six of its own down to maintain a 13-point halftime lead (34-21).
The second half saw what had at one point been an 18-point Susquehanna lead fall to as few as five points but Goucher ultimately could not overcome the first-half hole it had dug for itself.
Sellinger opened the second-half scoring with a jumper that boosted SU’s lead to 15 (36-21) less than a minute into the period, but just three minutes later the Gophers cut that lead to seven (38-31).
A Trae Lindsay dunk with 13:15 to play put Goucher right back in the game with a 41-35 score. Cable was able to put his team back up by 11 points though (47-36), on a three with 11:20 remaining.
That double-digit lead did not last long as Dylan Chaney’s jumper brought the Crusaders’ lead down to just five points (47-42), the smallest SU lead since early in the first half. Fortunately Susquehanna ran off a stretch of six unanswered points to take a 54-42 lead and held the Gophers to only four points over the remaining 2:44 of action to seal the critical conference win.
The men remain at home to host Scranton on Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday marks Susquehanna’s annual Pepsi Day with free hot dogs and soda to all in attendance.
Crusaders Put Away Gophers for Second Win in a Row