Offensive Explosion Leads Men Past Goucher

Offensive Explosion Leads Men Past Goucher

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – One hundred and twenty-two points – 66 of which came from beyond the arc – led the Susquehanna men's basketball team to a decisive 122-76 win over visiting Goucher on Wednesday night. SU stands in third in the Landmark Conference standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md./Salisbury Prep) sank eight three-pointers to tie for second most in a single game in program history. The 122 points were also just four shy of the program record, set in 1962 in a 126-75 Crusader win over Dickinson.

Hedley finished with a game-high 30 points while Jeff Dzierzawiec (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) put up 24 points in just 15 minutes of action off the bench. The freshman sank four treys and pulled down boards. Jason Dietrich (Maytown, Pa./Kutztown University) added 13 points and nine rebounds while Josh Miller (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) and Ryan Traub (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) each finished with 10 points.

SU (18-6, 11-4) shot an impressive 50 percent from the floor, including a 48 percent effort from beyond the arc, and had 50 rebounds to the Gophers' 37. Susquehanna also had 22 points off 13 Goucher turnovers.

The Crusaders led from start to finish. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead after just over two minutes of action and took a 15-5 edge on Hedley's three with 14:32 on the clock. Goucher (4-20, 3-12) trimmed the lead to just four, 33-29, on a Troy DeShields layup at the 8:24 mark of the half.

Weidlich's three just two minutes later upped the lead to 10 (40-30) and SU scored five points over the final 55 seconds of the half to go into the locker room holding a 57-45 advantage.

That 12-point lead quickly grew to 21 (66-45) following two Matt McGugan (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) free throws 90 seconds into the half. Dietrich's trey just four minutes later made it a 25-point contest (78-53) and Hedley's layup with 12:42 remaining gave SU its first 30-point lead of the game (85-55).

Dzierzawiec entered the game roughly midway through the half and proceeded to score 11 of his 24 points in a four-minute span. His three with 5:49 remaining made it 107-67 and the Gophers scored just nine points over the remaining minutes of the game.

Susquehanna remains at home to close out the regular season on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game against Elizabethtown; it also marks Senior Day for the team.