Three in a Row for SU Men

Three in a Row for SU Men

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team never trailed in its 80-59 home win against Drew University. The Crusaders have now won three-straight games and improve to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in Landmark action.

Three of SU's five starters finished in double digits, led by 18 from Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills), who also had a game-high five assists. Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) added 14 points and six boards while Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) chipped in 12 points, three rebounds and two assists.

The Rangers, meanwhile, saw just one player reach double figures and were limited by the Crusader defense to just 27 second-half points.

Susquehanna shot better than 52 percent from the floor and also sank 48 percent (12-for-25) of its three-point shots.

A key difference in the outcome came in the turnover game as Susquehanna had just nine turnovers all evening and scored 20 points off 15 Drew miscues.

The game started decidedly in SU's favor with the Crusaders jumping out to an 8-1 lead following a Weidlich jumper at the 17:33 mark. The Rangers pulled within four, 14-10, following three free throws from Kevin Herring II exactly three minutes later.

That four-point lead was trimmed to two (16-14) on an Ozan Yucetepe layup with 12:19 on the clock but Evan Austin (Knoxville, MD./St. John's Catholic Prep) countered with a trey to push the lead back to five (19-14).

Austin connected on yet another three for a 22-14 SU edge as the half neared the midway point. Drew responded, though, with a 9-1 run and the game was knotted at 23 with 7:09 remaining.

It was still tied, this time at 25, with 5:38 left before the Crusaders put together an 11-2 run to take the 36-27 lead with four minutes left to play.

Miller drained a three with 1:40 on the clock which ultimately marked the final points of the half for both teams and SU went into the locker room holding a 41-32 advantage.

Nearly three minutes passed before the first points of the second half were scored when Miller's three handed his squad a 12-point edge (44-32). SU took a 23-point lead (55-32) on Danny Weiss's (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.) layup at the 13:56 mark and Jason Dietrich's (Maytown, Pa./Kutztown University) layup with 11 minutes on the clock kept it a 20-point game (59-39).

Several times the Rangers were able to bring the lead under 20 but the Crusaders always had an answer.

The Crusaders put their three-game win streak on the line Wednesday, Jan. 21 with a 7:30 p.m. game at Goucher.