Perfect Ten for Men’s Basketball

Perfect Ten for Men’s Basketball

READING, Pa. – A holiday break did not mean a break from winning for the No. 17 Susquehanna men's basketball team which defeated Johns Hopkins 72-64 in the opening game of Albright College's Crowne Plaza Holiday Tournament.

The Crusaders (10-0) are off to their first-ever 10-0 start under head coach Frank Marcinek and face Albright in Wednesday's 4 p.m. championship game.

Sophomore Ryan Traub had a career game with a game-high 24 points in 28 minutes of action off the bench. He shot 8-of-13 from the field and pulled down five rebounds. Steven Weidlich had 16 points to go along with five boards and three assists while Brandon Hedley finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists, as well.

As a team, SU shot nearly 51 percent from the floor and forced 14 Blue Jays turnovers while committing just seven of its own. Susquehanna also doubled Johns Hopkins (2-6) in points in the paint, 40-20.

The teams traded buckets to open the game and Traub's layup at the 10:30 mark gave the Crusaders a 16-9 edge. Nikhil Panu's three less than four minutes later kept the Blue Jays within four (18-14) and two Jesse Flannery free throws with 5:29 remaining trimmed SU's lead to one (20-19).

Susquehanna scored 16 points over the final 5:29 of the half to pull ahead 36-27 as the contest headed into halftime.

Hedley's jumper 25 seconds into the second half gave SU its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (38-28). Susquehanna led 46-36 at the 14:38 mark before Johns Hopkins went on a 7-0 run to pull within three (46-43) with 13:11 to play.

It remained a three-point contest, 53-50, as the game approached the eight-minute mark. Gene Williams's trey with 2:28 on the clock trimmed SU's lead to two (66-64) but the Crusader defense held the Blue Jays without another point for the remainder of the game while six points down the stretch provided enough offense for Susquehanna to secure the 72-64 victory.