Crusader Men Battle Division I Lafayette

Crusader Men Battle Division I Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team, squaring off against its first Division I opponent since the 2010-11 season, fell 91-66 at Lafayette College on Tuesday night.

SU's last Division I game came against these same Leopards, a 95-73 loss on Dec. 1, 2010.

In Tuesday night's game, Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) led the Crusaders (6-3) with 19 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) added nine points while Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) contributed six points and six boards in 22 minutes of action.

Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) finished with six points, seven assists and three rebounds.

SU shot nearly 39 percent from three-point range but the Leopards (7-2) countered with a 39 percent showing and finished with a 45.6 field goal percentage.

While Susquehanna had just two more turnovers than the Leopards (14-12), Lafayette was able to score 22 points off turnovers while SU had just nine points off turnovers.

Hedley's three-pointer at the 18:30 mark of the half marked the first points of the game. Lafayette quickly countered with a three of its own and went ahead 5-3 on a Bryce Scott layup with 17:39 on the clock.

SU trailed 10-5 four minutes into the period but another Hedley trey cut the lead to two (12-10) with 15:24 still to play.

Less than a minute later, McGugan drained a three to give the Crusaders a 13-12 edge. The Leopards countered with a 5-0 run to regain the lead, 17-13, but yet another Hedley three-pointer kept it a two-point contest, 22-20, as the half neared the midway point.

Unfortunately, Lafayette scored seven unanswered points to grab a 29-20 advantage and at the six-minute mark of the half, the lead grew to 16 (42-26). By the time the half came to a close, the Leopards had built a 58-34 lead.

A McGugan jumper with 16:31 on the clock in the second half trimmed the lead to 15 (65-40) but by the 12-minute media timeout, Lafayette was ahead 76-47.

Lafayette led 87-66 inside the four-minute mark and went on to the 91-66 victory.

Susquehanna returns to action on Dec. 29-30 at Lycoming's Basinger Memorial Tournament.