WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team defeated No. 15 Trinity (Conn.) 79-74 in the first game of the King's College 16th-annual First National Community Bank/Monarch Classic Friday night.
Josh Miller got SU started when he hit a trey to score the first points of the game going up 3-0.
At the 17:17 mark, the Bantams (4-3) took a 4-3 lead on a made layup. They would hold the lead for almost three minutes before Steven Weidlich gave Susquehanna a 9-7 edge on a made three pointer from an assist by Tyler Hoagland. SU increased its lead to 13-9 before Trinity made back-to-back threes to take the lead once again (15-13).
Ryan Traub tied the game at 15 at the 10:47 mark on a layup from Hoagland. From this point, the game was tied twice more until Trinity took the lead and held it with 9:15 remaining in the half.
The Crusaders were down by seven (38-31) with 3:31 remaining before Miller and Traub scored back-to-back layups followed by two Traub free throws to bring the game within one at the end of the half.
Susquehanna started the second half by scoring first, and taking the lead 39-38, on a layup by Danny Weiss off an assist from Brandon Hedley. The Crusaders went up 43-38 before the Bantams answered to tie the game at 45-45 at the 15:49 mark.
Miller gave the lead back to SU on a jumper at the 15:28 mark. Trinity took the lead at the 5:37 mark on a Jaquann Starks three but SU would tie the game and then take the lead 66-65 on two made free throws from Weidlich.
In the last five minutes of the game, the Crusaders went on a 13-9 run to seal the win.
Susquehanna was led on offense by Miller who score 19 points and totaled eight rebounds. Weidlich followed with 15 points, eight boards and six assists while Traub tallied 13 points and Weiss contributed 11 points and seven boards, four of which were offensive.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. when they take on the winner of Friday's 8 p.m. King's College/Apprentice School matchup.