SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The free hot dogs and Pepsi beverages given away on Susquehanna’s annual Pepsi Day paled in comparison to the on-court action fans were treated to in the men’s basketball team’s win over visiting Moravian. The Crusaders picked up a key Landmark win with a 91-86 victory over the Greyhounds.
Four players finished with at least 11 points as SU (14-9, 6-6) used a 50-point second half to help propel the team to a conference win. Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) led the team with 25 points and seven assists while Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) added 23 to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, three of which were offensive. Jake Eskin (Germantown, Md./Churchill) added 20 points and five assists while Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) picked up 11 points.
As a team, the Crusaders shot nearly 60 percent from the floor (15-of-24) and sank better than 44 percent from beyond the arc while also making 75 percent of its free throw attempts. While both teams had 12 turnovers, SU was able to turn those into 22 points while the Greyhounds (11-12, 5-7) had only 14 points off turnovers.
It was a back-and-forth start to the game before SU led by six (12-6) more five minutes into the action. Up by two with 12:17 remaining in the half, Moravian’s Kenny Gula tied the game at 18 and a Jarrod Dilts trey put Susquehanna in a 21-18 hole.
With 7:37 to play in the half, Hedley’s layup tied the game at 31 but the Greyhounds regained the lead on their very next possession and would eventually go into halftime holding a 45-41 edge.
Moravian was able to pull ahead by nine, 50-41, roughly 45 seconds into the second half and led by seven (55-48) after five minutes of play in the period. Weidlich trimmed that lead to two, though, after his layup at the 13:27 mark it a 57-55 game and Sellinger knotted it at 57 with a layup one minute later.
Sellinger proceeded to put his team ahead 59-57 on another layup and the Crusaders would not relinquish that lead for the remaining 11:20 in the game.
SU led by seven, 74-67, on an Eskin layup at the 5:15 mark and while Moravian was able to make it a one-point game (75-74) on a Cameron Cullen layup with 3:44 to play, two Mike Perillo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) free throws upped his team’s lead to seven (85-78) with only 55 seconds remaining.
A Sellinger dunk at the 39-second mark put an exclamation mark on the victory as it put SU in front by seven (87-80) and went on to the 91-86 win.
The Crusaders remain at home to host Juniata on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The team will honor its senior members prior to tipoff.
Crusader Men Clutch in Win over Moravian
|Moravian (11-12, 5-7)||45||41||86|
|Susquehanna (14-9, 6-6)||41||50||91|