MADISON, N.J. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team marched to a double-digit lead in the first half which resulted in a 79-67 victory over Landmark Conference rival Drew.
The Crusaders (17-6, 10-4) sweep the season series with the Rangers (11-13, 6-9) and remain in third place in the Landmark Conference standings. The win marks the second straight season SU will take the home and home series with the Rangers. In addition, the Crusaders are now 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The first four minutes of action was a back-and-forth affair that resulted in three lead changes. The Crusaders took control of the game with a 10-0 run that was capped off with a Weidlich layup with 14:59 remaining in the half.
A Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep) three-pointer extended SU's advantage to 26-13 just beyond the half way mark of the first period. During the remaining nine minutes of the half, the Rangers did their best to keep it to a single-digit margin. However, a 7-0 run just before intermission gave the Crusaders a 43-28 lead.
Coach Marcinek's half-time speech sparked the Crusaders to yet another 5-0 run to start the second half. Miller's deep three pointer just 1:30 into the second half outstretched the visiting Crusader's lead to twenty points.
Drew managed to cut the lead to ten points with a Kevin Herring three at the 11-minute mark. However, the Crusaders offensive continued to be too potent for the Rangers to handle.
Miller's two three-pointers inside the 10-minute mark stalled any chance of Drew's comeback attempt.
The Crusaders put their three-game unbeaten streak on the line at home against Goucher this Wednesday at 7 p.m.