SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Grabbing their first lead midway through the second half, Susquehanna's men's basketball team needed overtime to take down the University of Scranton 85-76 in front of a raucous crowd at O.W. Houts Gym on Saturday. The victory marks the second-straight home win against the Royals, as SU won last year 77-63.
Freshman Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep.) scored a game-high 24 points behind 7-of-16 shooting from the field, including four shots from beyond the arc. The guard also grabbed five boards and dished out four assists in the win.
Luke Cable (York, Pa. / West York) pumped in 18 points off the bench, as he knocked down four three-pointers. Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain) scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa. / Lampeter Strasburg) added 14 points behind 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe, all coming in the overtime period. Tre Dean (Dallas, Texas / Greenhill School) and Wally Rutecki (Springfield, Pa. / Springfield) combined for 11 rebounds with six being the offensive variety.
The Crusaders (9-12, 5-5) took their first lead (47-46) with 12:34 to go in regulation after a Hedley layup and increased their lead to eight points (66-58) after a Miller layup but the Royals (15-6, 6-4) charged back with a quick 6-0 run to cut the SU lead to one (66-65) with 2:17 left.
Miller knocked down another layup to give SU a small cushion but Scranton responded again with a three-pointer to trail by one (69-68). The Crusaders and Royals then traded free throws in the last 55 ticks to account for the rest of the scoring in the regulation, going into the extra session deadlocked at 70.
In overtime, the Crusaders never trailed as Hedley started the scoring with a layup followed by a pair of buckets by Sellinger to go ahead 76-73. Four clutch foul shots in the last 33 seconds by Miller sealed the key league victory for SU.
The men remain at home to host Catholic on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
This was head coach Frank Marcinek's 599th game patrolling the sidelines at SU.
The Susquehanna men's soccer team was honored at halftime with a banner-raising ceremony celebrating the 2012 Landmark Conference Championship and their Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Also during halftime festivities, SU football player Darian Kelly was the lucky winner of an Apple iPad, courtesy of Pepsi. He sunk a consecutive layup, free throw and three-pointer to be crowned the winner. Saturday marked SU's annual Pepsi Day.