SU Win Streak Continues

SU Win Streak Continues

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team grabbed its fourth consecutive victory with a 79-57 road win over Moravian. The win also improved the Crusaders' conference mark to 2-1.

Four players finished in double figures for SU (9-3, 2-1) with Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) recording a team-high 15 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc. Senior Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds while Jason Dietrich finished with 12 points and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) added 11 in addition to his game high five steals.

Sophomore Danny Weiss (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) had six points and led the team with seven rebounds.

The SU defense limited Moravian (1-9, 0-3) to a 36 percent shooting and forced 15 Greyhounds turnovers which translated into 22 points for the Crusaders. Susquehanna's bench contributed 32 points, versus 21 from Moravian, and SU had 40 points in the paint to 24 from the Greyhounds.

Moravian opened the game with four unanswered points before the Crusaders tied the game at four on layups from McGugan and Weidlich.

Unfortunately, Moravian proceeded to put together a 13-0 run that made it 17-4 and ran the clock down to 11:22. Evan Austin's (Knoxville, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep) three at the 10:33 mark ended Moravian's scoring streak and cut the lead to 10, 17-7. Buckets from Weidlich and Miller brought SU within six (17-11) at the nine-minute mark of the half.

Dietrich and Miller scored back-to-back baskets to suddenly cut the Greyhound lead to just two (17-15) with 7:39 still to play in the half.

Connor Mailen (Taylor, Pa./Riverside) kept it a four-point game (21-17) with a layup at the 5:36 mark and Austin's three just inside the five-minute mark brought SU within one of the lead, 21-20. Austin's trey was followed by another three-pointer, this time from Weidlich with 3:23 on the clock, to give the Crusaders their first lead of the evening, 23-21.

Susquehanna's scoring streak was extended on Dietrich's layup for a 25-21 SU advantage. Miller's trey with 51 seconds left put the Crusaders ahead 28-22 and they took a 30-24 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to Miller's jumper with a mere three seconds remaining.

McGugan's layup at the 18:21 mark of the second half gave SU a 37-29 advantage and another layup by the senior less than two minutes later handed the Crusaders their first double-digit lead of the game (42-32).

Dietrich scored back-to-back buckets, including a three, for a 53-37 ballgame at the 11:40 mark of the second half.  Dietrich proceeded to sink another three with 10:35 on the clock for a 56-39 score.

Weiss's layup with just over six minutes to play gave SU a game-high 24-point edge (66-42) and Weidlich's three at the 3:44 mark kept the Crusaders ahead by 23 (73-50).

As the game hit the two-minute mark, SU maintained a 74-53 lead, leaving Moravian without enough time to attempt a comeback.

Susquehanna returns home to face Scranton on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.