KING’S, Pa. – With Sunday afternoon’s 66-53 win over Wilkes, the Susquehanna men’s basketball team won the Monarch Classic while also picking up its second-straight victory.
The Crusaders (5-3) were the lone team to go 2-0 at the Classic, hosted by King’s College. As a result, senior Harley Sellinger (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) was named Tournament MVP while sophomore guard Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Sellinger put up nine points and 16 boards in Sunday’s 13-point victory over the Colonels (5-4) while also adding two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes of work. Hedley, meanwhile, added 22 points for SU. Jake Eskin (Germantown, Md./Churchill) chipped in 13 and three assists while Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) had 11 points and three assists.
Susquehanna scored 20 of its 66 points off 14 Wilkes turnovers and shot better than 41 percent from the floor.
The game opened on a 6-0 Crusader run and SU remained ahead by six, 14-8, after an Eskin layup at the 8:22 mark. Wilkes countered, however, with seven unanswered points to go up 15-14 with 6:39 left in the opening half.
That would be the one and only lead the Colonels would hold, though. A Weidlich trey three minutes later put Susquehanna back in the lead by two (17-15) and the team would go into halftime leading 26-21 after a Hedley jumper at the buzzer.
Two possessions into the second half, Susquehanna led by double digits (31-21) for the first time all afternoon and thanks to an 11-0 run to open the half, SU went up by 21 (42-21) six minutes into the period.
The Crusaders led by 10-plus points for the next seven-plus minutes until Wilkes closed the gap to 53-45 at the 6:34 mark. But, with 1:38 to play, an Eskin free throw again made it a 10-point game and Susquehanna would go on to win by 13 (66-53).
SU will now travel to Puerto Rico to face 2012-13 Elite 8 team St. Mary’s (Md.)
Men’s Basketball Goes 2-0 at Monarch Classic