Men’s Hoops Suffers First Season Loss at Catholic

Men’s Hoops Suffers First Season Loss at Catholic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team faced its first setback of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday evening with a 58-65 loss at Catholic in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams.

Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) shared the team lead in points with 12 apiece and Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Donegal/Kutztown) added 10 in 31 minutes off the bench.

Weidlich also led the Crusaders in rebounds and assists with eight and four, respectively, with no turnovers in 40 minutes. Jay Howard of the Cardinals led all players with 21 points, including a 9-of-12 mark from the free-throw line.

SU scored the first four points of the contest behind baskets from Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg), but Catholic kept it a back-and-forth contest in the early going.

With the game tied at 13, the Crusaders made a 13-3 run behind treys from Dietrich, Weidlich and McGugan to earn a 10-point lead at 26-16, their largest margin of the game. Once again, the Cardinals fought back and scored 16 of the next 20 points, including seven from Howard and five from Corey Stanford, to lead 32-30 at halftime.

In the second period, the Cardinals made a living at the charity stripe, making 14 free throws on 24 attempts to distance themselves from the Crusaders. SU never trailed by double digits until 5:17 in regulation when Howard sunk a pair from the line for a 57-47 game.

A three from Weidlich and a layup by Miller pulled SU within five at 52-57, but the team was unable to come within one possession down the stretch despite scoring the last four points of the contest.

Entering the game, Susquehanna was one of the top teams in Division III in rebounding margin at +15.3 per game, but was outrebounded by Catholic 40 to 35.

The Crusaders look to bounce back when they host the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in a Landmark contest on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.