Perfection Continues for Crusader Men

Perfection Continues for Crusader Men

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A perfect start to the season continued for the 11th-ranked Susquehanna men's basketball team with a hard-fought, 91-72 victory over visiting USMMA on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders are now 14-0 the season – the best start in program history – with a 5-0 mark in Landmark Conference games. The victory gives SU a regular season sweep of the Mariners (7-6, 3-4) as Susquehanna defeated USMMA 64-61 in Long Island in December.

Four players reached double figures for a Susquehanna team that shot nearly 56 percent from the floor. Brandon Hedley racked up 23 points, 21 of which came from three-point range. Steven Weidlich added 19 points, a game-high nine assists and five rebounds. Dan Weiss had 16 points to go along with seven boards, six of which were of the offensive variety. Ryan Traub added 10 points off the bench.

SU built an early eight-point lead (10-2) but an 8-2 run by the Mariners brought it to a one-point game (12-11) at the 14:30 mark of the half.

For the next 6:30 of the game, neither team took more than a three-point edge until Weidlich's three made it 24-20 just inside the eight-minute mark.

The Crusaders went back up by eight, 34-26, on Hedley's three with 3:19 remaining and Susquehanna scored the final five points of the half to take a 10-point lead into halftime.

Six minutes into the second half, Hedley sank another trey for a 17-point game (57-40) and at the 7:25 mark, two free throws by Tyler Hoagland stretched SU's lead to 18 (74-56).

Susquehanna took a 20-point advantage (82-62) thanks to yet another three from Hedley at the 3:12 mark. Jeff Dzierzawiec's layup with 36 seconds remaining handed his team a game-high 22-point lead en route to the 91-72 final margin of victory.

The Crusaders put their 14-0 record on the line Wednesday night when they host Juniata at 7 p.m. in a Landmark Conference matchup.