SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Despite trimming what had been a 19-point deficit into a two-point lead, the Susquehanna men's basketball team fell just short of completing its comeback against visiting Elizabethtown, falling 74-70 on Sunday evening.
SU (3-2) found itself down by as many as 19 points late in the first half but managed to go ahead midway through the second half. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays (3-3) were able to do just enough to hold on for the win.
Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) led his team with 26 points, 21 of which came from three-point range as he sank 7-of-13 three-point attempts. His seven made threes tied for third-most in SU single-game history.
Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) added nine points, five rebounds and five assists while Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) pulled down 12 boards, six offensive, and added six points.
The Crusaders shot just under 36 percent from the floor but Elizabethtown countered with a 45.6 percent showing while also sinking 41.2 percent of its three-point attempts.
It was all Elizabethtown to open the game as the Blue Jays jumped out to a 12-point lead, 16-4, just six minutes into the action. That lead grew to 19 points (36-17) just inside the three-minute mark before the Crusaders closed the half on a 12-4 run to pull within 11 points, 40-29, at halftime.
Less than six minutes into the second half, a Hedley three-pointer suddenly made it a mere one-point Blue Jays lead at 44-43 and he followed that with a second-straight three with 14:07 on the clock to give Susquehanna the 46-44 edge, its first lead of the game.
The Crusaders remained ahead by two, 49-47, two-and-a-half minutes later courtesy of a Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) trey before Elizabethtown regained the lead on its very next possession.
Unfortunately SU would not hold another lead in the contest and the Blue Jays found themselves leading by double digits, 61-51, with 6:43 remaining.
Susquehanna was able to stay within 10 points of the lead for the remainder of the game and another Hedley three at the 21-second mark pulled SU within three, 73-70. However, the Blue Jays' Phil Wenger connected on one of two free throw attempts with 18 seconds on the clock to make it a four-point contest and seal the win for Elizabethtown.
The Crusaders remain at home on Dec. 7 to host Landmark Conference opponent Scranton at 2 p.m. in the first conference action of the season.
Crusaders Can’t Close on Comeback