WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team remains undefeated as the team won the King's College First National Community Bank/ Monarch Classic Championship Saturday.
Susquehanna (9-0) defeated the Apprentice School (5-5) in the championship game 90-61.
With this win, the Crusaders surpass the 1993 team that went 8-0 to start the season.
The Crusaders took an early 5-2 lead but the Builders tied it at five at the 17:51 mark. SU answered with two Steven Weidlich layups and a Josh Miller free throw to take the lead 10-5. However, Apprentice proceeded to go on a 5-0 run to knot it at 10.
The Crusaders took the lead 13-10 on a Miller three with 14:48 remaining at which point both teams traded baskets to tie the game once again at 16 with 12:16 on the clock.
The Apprentice school took a 19-18 lead before Susquehanna went on a 14-3 run to take a 10-point lead (32-22) with just under seven minutes to play in the half. The Builders cut the lead in half (32-27) at the 4:11 mark before the Crusaders proceeded to embark on a 20-5 run to end the half ahead 52-33.
In the second half, Susquehanna outscored Apprentice 38-28 on its way to a 90-61 victory. The Builders closed the gap to 19 points at the 19:32 mark (54-35) but it was the closest they would come for the remainder of the game.
Brandon Hedley led all players with 21 points. Weidlich followed closely with 20 – to go along with a game high six assists – while Miller and Traub contributed 14 and 10, respectively. Miller tallied a game-high eight boards and Zach Newby, Adam Dizbon and Jeff Dzierzawiec followed with seven, six and five, respectively.
Weidlich and Miller were named to the All-Tournament team with Weidlich taking the Most Valuable Player award.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against Johns Hopkins at the Albright Holiday Tournament. The game starts at 2 p.m.