SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A physical, fast-paced game did not fall in Susquehanna's favor as the Crusaders fell 80-69 against Lycoming on Tuesday night.
SU (1-2) was playing in its third game in four days and could not overcome the high-powered Warriors offense.
Three players netted double figures for the Crusaders, though, led by 17 from Harvey Pannell (Bloomfield, Conn./St. Thomas More) who also tied for the team lead with seven boards. Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) chipped in six points and a team-high nine assists. Jake Eskin (Germantown, Md./Churchill) had 13 points off the bench for SU and also added seven rebounds.
Both teams struggled at the line with the Crusaders shooting just 41.5 percent and Lycoming (2-1) shooting 45.5 percent. Kevin Anthony led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors.
After falling into an 8-0 hole to open the game, it appeared as if the Crusaders were in for a long night. In fact, SU trailed by 15 points (26-11) less than midway through the half.
However, with 10 minutes left in the half, Susquehanna had plenty of time to chip away at that lead and that's just what the Crusaders did. Lycoming went two-and-a-half minutes without scoring a point and with 4:18 left, a Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) layup cut the Warriors' lead to single digits (30-22).
A 7-0 SU run quickly trimmed that lead to one, 36-35, with 25 seconds remaining, and the Crusaders found themselves down by only four (39-35) by halftime.
Pannell opened the second half by draining a three to bring it back to a one-point game (39-38). Susquehanna kept it a single-digit Lycoming lead for nearly the first seven minutes of the half before an Anthony layup at 13:19 made it 54-44 in favor of the Warriors.
SU was able to make it a single-digit lead five separate times over the remainder of the game, including getting within eight points, 75-67, on a Pannell trey with 1:11 on the clock. Unfortunately the Crusaders got no closer during the remaining 70 seconds of action.
The Crusaders return to the court on Nov. 25 at Elizabethtown for a 3 p.m. tip.
SU Falls in Physical Game vs. Lycoming