Hedley Makes History Against Catholic

Hedley Makes History Against Catholic

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna junior guard Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) made history by scoring his 1,000th career point on Wednesday night against Catholic University. Unfortunately, the Crusaders dropped an 82-65 decision, snapping a five-game win streak.

Hedley becomes the 33rd player in SU history to join the 1,000 point scoring club. This also marks the second-straight year in which a Crusader has reached this historic mark with Harley Sellinger '14 scoring his 1000th career point one year ago.

Susquehanna (14-5, 7-3) rallied from a 15-2 deficit in the early going to take a 37-33 lead at halftime but the Cardinals (16-3, 10-0) out-scored the Crusaders 49-28 over the final 20 minutes of play to rally for the victory.

Hedley finished the game with 14 points. Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two assists and Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) had 10 points and a team-best five assists.

Catholic proved to be too much in the paint, scoring 42 points down low while limiting Susquehanna to 24. The Cardinals also shot nearly 53 percent for the game with SU shooting just 32 percent.

Free throws kept the Crusaders in the game, though, as they sank 18-of-22 while Catholic made just 63 percent (17-for-27) of its free throw attempts.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 15-2 lead after just over four minutes of play. A three-point play from Miller two minutes later trimmed the lead to nine, 17-8.

Hedley sank a three midway through the half to close the gap to two (19-17) and Miller tied the game at 19 with a layup at the 8:48 mark.

Two free throws from Weidlich just inside the four-minute mark knotted the game at 29 before five straight points from Hedley, including a three-pointer that marked his 1000th career point, handed SU a 32-29 edge with just under two minutes to play.

The team traded buckets to end the half and Susquehanna went into the locker room holding onto a four-point advantage (37-33).

Two Ryan Traub (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) free throws upped SU's lead to eight, 44-36, before the Cardinals went on a 12-4 run to make it a two-point contest, 48-46, with 14:41 remaining.

SU led 57-56 before Kevin Phanord's layup just past the midway point of the period swung the lead back in the Cardinals' favor at 58-57.

With that lead change, Catholic remained ahead for the remainder of the game. The Cardinals took a 73-63 edge on Kyle Phanord's trey with 3:54 on the clock and as the game hit the one-minute mark, SU was down 80-65 with no time left to threaten Catholic's lead.

The Crusaders remain at home to host Juniata on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.