TOWSON, Md. – Fifty minutes of basketball were not enough to give the Susquehanna men's basketball team a road win over Goucher as the Crusaders fell 100-97 in double overtime on Wednesday night.
Regulation time came to a crazy finish when sophomore guard Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep) corralled a loose ball at half court and nailed a desperation three-pointer on the wing with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Crusaders a three-point lead.
However, the Gophers' Julian Livingston was fouled shooting a three in the ensuing possession and successfully converted the trio of shots, knotting the game at 82 and sending the contest to overtime.
With the game knotted at 91 after the first overtime period, the game went into double overtime where the Gophers' Alex Noble was able to drain what stood as the eventual game-winning three with one second on the clock.
This was the first double-overtime game for SU since the 1993-94 season when the Crusaders defeated New Jersey City 107-95.
Hedley led the Crusaders (12-8, 4-5) with 23 points. Senior Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa. / Central Mountain) recorded his sixth double-double of the season and 14th of his career with 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Classmate Jake Eskin (Germantown, Md. / Churchill) chipped in with 18 points and Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J. / Watchung Hills) registered 15 points behind 5-of-12 shooting from downtown. Against Goucher this season, Hedley and Weidlich have combined to make 18 three-pointers.
Weidlich knocked down a three in the opening seconds of the game to give SU an early lead. However, the Gophers responded with four-straight points to take a slim one-point advantage.
But SU recovered with a quick, 7-2 run capped off by a Sellinger layup to reclaim the lead 10-6 with 16:18 remaining.
Goucher (7-12, 2-6) made consecutive three-pointers with 9:06 left to play and took a 24-21 lead. The contest remained back-and-forth for the remainder of the half as both teams held no more than a three-point lead. Sellinger sunk a pair of free throws in the closing seconds and the Crusaders went into intermission trailing 38-37.
At the 15-minute mark of the second half, the Crusaders claimed a 45-44 lead after a Hedley jumper and eventually went up by seven (53-46) thanks to a bucket by freshman Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J. / Montville Twp.) with 12:46 to go. SU led by eight (62-54) after a layup by Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md. / Blake) with 9:30 left. The Gophers countered with a 7-0 run, though, capped off by a Livingston jumper.
Again, the Orange & Maroon responded with an 11-2 spurt highlighted by a pair of Weidlich threes and the Crusaders took a 72-63 lead with 6:10 left. However, Goucher scratched right back into the contest with a 13-5 run and got within one (77-76) with only 35 ticks left on the clock.
SU took a three-point lead (79-76) after two free throws by Eskin but a three-pointer by the Gophers' Kevin Miles knotted the game at 79 with 11 seconds left. Following a timeout by SU, Hedley knocked down an off-balance long distance heave that gave the Crusaders the lead, 82-79, with only .5 seconds remaining.
But that was enough time for Livingston to get fouled on a three-point attempt and he successfully made all three attempts to go into the first overtime.
In that first overtime period, the Crusaders led 91-89 after a Sellinger layup with just 44 seconds remaining but Noble connected on a game-tying jumper to knot it at 91 and force another five minutes of action.
It was in that second overtime period that Noble again sank the big bucket, this time a three with one-second remaining, to finally clinch the win for his team.
Susquehanna is back on the road to face Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.