Crusaders Remain Unbeaten with Road Win

Crusaders Remain Unbeaten with Road Win

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Playing its third game in four days, the Susquehanna men's basketball team showed no signs of slowing down as it beat Penn State-Harrisburg, 76-62, to improve to 4-0 on the season.

It was the fourth straight game in which the Crusaders beat their opponents by double digits and never trailed in the second half.

SU benefited from a balanced scoring attack as four players finished in double figures: Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) led the team with 14 points, Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Donegal/Kutztown) recorded 13 off the bench, Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep.) finished with 12 and Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) added 10.

Starters Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) also chipped in eight and seven points, respectively.

Although the Lions scored the first basket, the Crusaders did not trail for long, taking the lead for good only a minute into the game behind a trey from Hedley. From there, SU went on a 16-4 run, forcing a Harrisburg timeout at 12:42 remaining.

After the timeout, the Lions were able to close the gap to five points at 22-17, but a three-pointer from Weidlich, a layup by Ryan Traub (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) and five straight points from Dietrich restored SU's double-digit lead.

The teams traded baskets until Weiss put the Crusaders ahead 42-26 going into the break with five consecutive points of his own.

Susquehanna widened its lead to 20 points midway through the second period and led the Lions by as many as 23. Harrisburg was able to cut its deficit to 10 at 63-53 with 5:40 remaining but a Weidlich trey and a bucket from Miller kept them at bay.

Dietrich then recorded four points in 37 seconds and Weidlich knocked down two free throws, effectively putting the game out of reach.

The Crusaders outrebounded Harrisburg 42 to 25, led by eight boards from Weidlich, six from McGugan and five apiece by Traub and Miller. SU also shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc with 10 three-pointers and held the Lions to just above 42 percent from the field.

The team plays its Landmark Conference opener at Catholic on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in a rematch of last season's conference semifinals, a 69-66 Crusader victory. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.