Men’s Hoops Routs Lycoming in Season Opener

Men’s Hoops Routs Lycoming in Season Opener

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team had little trouble dispatching local rival Lycoming in its season opener as the Crusaders cruised past the Warriors, 91-71, on Tuesday evening.

Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep.) led all players with six assists and 19 points, including five three-pointers, and Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) added 17 points and six rebounds.

Freshman Ryan Traub (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) had a double-double in his collegiate debut with 13 points and 17 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) also finished in double figures with 10 points.

After missing much of last season due to injury, Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) returned with two steals, two assists, four rebounds and six points.

Although the Crusaders did not lead wire to wire, SU claimed the advantage for good at just under five minutes into the first half and led by as many as 24 points during the contest. With the game tied 7-7, a layup by Weidlich at 14:27 helped jumpstart a 23-9 run for Susquehanna.

SU would push its lead to 19 with under two minutes left in the half, but the Warriors were able to reduce their deficit to 14 going to the break.

After halftime, the visitors cut into the lead and trailed by single digits, but the reprieve was short-lived. Two three-pointers from Hedley and one from Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Kutztown University) gave Susquehanna an 18-point margin with 12 minutes remaining.

From there, SU continued to pour in points with 13 different players scoring in the second half. The team improved on its first-half performance by shooting 54.5 percent from the field (18-of-33), including 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from beyond the arc.

In the second frame, the Crusaders also outrebounded the Warriors 26 to 15, with 22 of those coming on the defensive glass.

The victory was punctuated by a last-minute dunk by freshman Langston Ellison (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College HS), who went up strong after receiving a pass from classmate Glen Nanius (Columbia, N.J./North Warren).

SU next competes on Friday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. when it hosts Penn State-Worthington Scranton in the Pepsi Tipoff Tournament.