Five Straight for Crusader Men

Five Straight for Crusader Men

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Four players in double figures, including a game high 20 points from Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg), helped lead the Susquehanna men's basketball team to its fifth-straight victory in the form of a 65-49 road win at Elizabethtown.

Fifteen of Miller's 20 points came from three-point range and he also added six rebounds. Junior Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) added 15 and now stands just 10 points shy of 1,000 career points. He also picked up six assists and six rebounds.  

Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills)
finished with 11 points while Ryan Traub (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive), making his first career start, had seven points and 14 boards, six of which were of the offensive variety. Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Kutztown University) was the fourth Crusader in double figures with 10 points of the bench.

SU (14-4, 7-2) shot 42 percent from the floor and held the Blue Jays (8-10, 6-4) to a 33.3 percent clip. Susquehanna also sank just under 41percent of its three-point shots and out-rebounded Elizabethtown 42-33.

The teams traded buckets to open the game with Miller's three with 15:35 on the clock tying the game at six. Two minutes later Dietrich's three made it a 9-6 game in favor of SU and his jumper midway through the half put the Crusaders ahead 16-8.

Weidlich's three at the 6:04 mark gave Susquehanna its first double-digit lead, 23-11, and a three-point play from Miller at the 1:36 mark put SU ahead by 14, 28-14.

The Blue Jays, though, ended the half by scoring the final six points to trim the Crusaders' lead to eight (28-20) as the teams headed into their locker rooms.

Susquehanna led by 10, 34-24, two minutes into the second half and Miller's three-pointer made it a 40-28 Crusader lead with 16:33 remaining.

Elizabethtown got within seven (42-35) just two minutes later but SU quickly went back up by double digits and led 50-39 with just over 10 minutes left.

Back-to-back threes from Miller upped the lead to 17, 56-39, at the seven-minute mark of the half. As the clock wound down inside the three-minute mark, it was a 23-point Crusader lead (65-42) and the win was in hand for SU.

The Crusaders return home to host Catholic on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.