BETHELEHAM, Pa. – A high-scoring first half was enough to propel the Susquehanna's men's basketball team past Moravian 88-66 on the road Saturday evening.
The No. 18 Crusaders (18-2, 9-2) were led by Josh Miller who tied the game-high with 23 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Steven Weidlich contributed 16 points while Tyler Hoagland and Ryan Traub totaled 10 points apiece off the bench.
Susquehanna shot better than 60 percent from the floor while shooting 60.0 percent from behind the three-point arc. SU's defense held Moravian to a 35.0 percent field goal percentage while only allowing 35.3 percent from the three-point range.
Moravian (7-13, 2-10) jumped out to a six-point lead (11-5) less than two minutes into the first half. A three-pointer from Weidlich at the 16:44 mark brought the Crusaders to within one (12-11). The Greyhounds immediately answered with a three of their own 23 seconds later to go up by four (15-11). At this point SU proceeded to go on an 8-4 run to tie the game at 19 with 12:03 remaining in the half.
This was the turning point for the Crusaders as they went on a 36-9 run that ended with a three-point play from Weidlich – a layup followed by a free throw – with three seconds left that made it 55-28. With a second on the clock the Greyhounds scored a three to cut the lead to 24 (55-31) as the first half came to a close.
Even though Moravian out-scored Susquehanna 35-33 in the second half, SU's 24 point lead held steady.
With 16:41 on the clock, Susquehanna's lead was cut to 15 (61-46) but that was the closest the Greyhounds came for the rest of the night as both teams traded baskets until Langston Ellison scored the last points of the game on a layup with 54 seconds remaining.
Susquehanna returns to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when the team hosts Landmark Conference rival Scranton for a 7:00 p.m. game.