ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Susquehanna’s Jake Eskin (Germantown, Md./Churchill) tied the game at 64 with just seven remaining, but Elizabethtown’s Ben Cable hit a game-winning buzzer beater to hand SU a tough, 66-64 road loss on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Luke Cable (York, Pa./West York) led the Crusaders (1-3) with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting with 15 of those points coming from three-point range. Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) added 12 points, seven assists and six steals. J.T. Wilson (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) added 17 points and four boards.
SU was out-rebounded by Elizabethtown (1-3) by a 35-26 margin although Wally Rutecki (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) finished with a team-high eight boards.
There were seven lead changes and seven tied scores throughout the 40 minutes of back-and-forth play. Both teams held eight points leads over the course of the game with the Crusaders’ eight-point edge coming early in the second half after opening the period on a 13-4 run.
The Blue Jays held their eight-point lead with 5:41 left in the first half on a Lee Eckert layup that made it 23-15. By the time the half ended, however, SU was within just one of the lead (27-26) after a Rutecki layup with four ticks remaining marked the final bucket of the half.
With 11:12 remaining in the game, Susquehanna remained ahead by eight (46-38) thanks in large part to that 13-4 run that opened the half. That lead lasted until the 5:52 mark when Ben Cable tied it at 51 with less than six minutes to play. While Eskin was able to tie the game with eight seconds left, the Crusaders were never able to regain the lead as the Blue Jays came away with the win on Ben Cable’s buzzer beater.
SU returns home on Nov. 27 to host Penn State Harrisburg at 7:30 p.m.
Buzzer-Beating Loss for SU Men