WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 12th-ranked Susquehanna men's basketball team dropped just its second game of the season, falling 101-80 at Catholic Wednesday night.
Josh Miller led the Crusaders (16-2, 7-2) with 23 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists. Steven Weidlich totaled 19 points and five assists while Ryan Traub contributed 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
In the first half, Catholic (13-5, 6-3) jumped to an early 3-0 lead at the 19:11 mark. At 19:04, a jumper from Miller brought the Crusaders within one (3-2) but the Cardinals proceeded to go on a 12-4 run that put them ahead by nine with 15:24 remaining in the half.
A Brandon Hedley three at the 13:22 mark pulled Susquehanna within two (17-15) but that was the closest SU got for the remainder of the half. Catholic out-scored Susquehanna 29-28 and took a 46-40 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Dalton Reichard scored first in the second half on a layup to cut the lead to four (42-46) with 19:58 on the clock. A layup and a jumper by Danny Weiss made it a three-point game (49-46) but the Cardinals scored 12 of the next 13 points to increase the margin to 13 (48-59) at the 16:35 mark.
A three pointer by Miller brought Susquehanna to within six (58-64) with 13:20 remaining in the half but it was not enough as the Cardinals scored 37 points to the Crusaders' 22 to give them the 101-80 win.
Susquehanna returns to action on Wednesday Feb. 3 when the team travels to Juniata College for a 7:00 p.m. Landmark Conference game.