Eleventh-Ranked Men Drop First Game of Season

Eleventh-Ranked Men Drop First Game of Season

MADISON, N.J. – Down by two with six seconds left, the 11th-ranked Susquehanna men's basketball team could not get a game-tying or game-winning shot off before time expired and fell 76-74 at Drew on Saturday afternoon. It marks the first loss of the season for Crusaders who are now 15-1 but still off to the best start in program history.

There were nine ties and 17 lead changes over the course of the game but SU's final lead of the game (69-67) came with 2:03 left in the game on two Ryan Traub free throws. The Rangers went head on their very next possession and were ahead 74-69 at the 31 second mark.

Brandon Hedley came through with a three to make it 74-72 and a Josh Miller layup with eight seconds to play knotted the game at 74. Two seconds later, Blaine Taylor made a layup to make it 76-74 in favor of Drew and SU (15-1, 6-1) could not get a shot off in the remaining seconds, ending the game in favor of the Rangers.

Miller led Susquehanna with 21 points and eight rebounds while Traub chipped in 15 off the bench. Steven Weidlich had 10 points and Hedley scored all nine of his points from beyond the arc.

Second-chance points proved costly for SU as Drew (9-7, 6-2) had 20 to the Crusaders' three. Susquehanna did, however, shoot 56 percent from the field while the Rangers shot 46.2 percent.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 5-0 lead after less than two minutes of play and maintained a 13-8 edge on Hedley's three five minutes into the contest.

The Rangers tied it at 13 on Mike Klinger's three with 14:35 to play and from there the lead swapped sides with Susquehanna taking a 36-33 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Miller's layup 4:25 into the second half made it a six-point game (48-41) and another layup by the senior at the 11-minute mark gave Susquehanna its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (53-43).

An 11-2 Rangers run trimmed the lead to one (55-54) and they took a 62-61 lead on Klinger's layup with 5:45 to play.

Like the latter part of the first half, the lead proceeded to change hands with the Crusaders' final lead coming on the two Traub free throws with 2:03 remaining.

Susquehanna returns home to host Goucher on Jan. 20 at 7:00 p.m.