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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the first time since 2007, the Susquehanna men's basketball team picked up a win at Scranton's Long Center, defeating the Royals 74-60 on Wednesday night. With the win, SU also clinches a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.
The Crusaders (16-6, 9-4) handed Scranton (17-5, 11-2) its first home loss of the season and snapped the Royals' 17-game home win streak that dates back to Jan. 11, 2014.
Four players reached double figures for SU, led by 24 from Steven Weidlich (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills). Fifteen of those points came from beyond the arc as the sophomore also added five rebounds and six assists. Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) scored 16 points while Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) each had 12 with Miller also pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Shots were falling all night for SU, which shot 45 percent from the floor and went a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line. Scranton, meanwhile, shot 39 percent against the Crusader defense and sank just 50 percent (7-for-14) of its free throw attempts.
Susquehanna led from start to finish and jumped out to a 5-0 lead after just 90 seconds of play. It was a 10-3 Crusader lead following a Weidlich trey at the 17-minute mark and SU took its first double-digit lead of the game (22-10) on Miller's three with 8:57 on the clock.
Weidlich's trey just two minutes later made it a 14-point contest (28-14) and Ryan Traub's (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) layup at the two-minute mark put SU ahead 34-18. Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Kutztown University) closed out the half with two free throws to hand Susquehanna a 38-23 halftime advantage.
Scranton's Marcus Thomas sank a three at the 17:11 mark for a 44-33 game but Hedley's jumper with 12:48 to play kept it a 16-point Crusader lead (57-41).
The Royals trimmed the lead to 10, 61-51, on Thomas' three just inside the 10-minute mark but Scranton was unable to pull any closer than 10 points for the remainder of the night.
Miller's jumper with 2:46 remaining put SU ahead 72-56 and left Scranton no time to attempt a comeback.
Susquehanna hits the road to face Drew on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.
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