Second Half Rally Not Enough for Men’s Hoops

Second Half Rally Not Enough for Men’s Hoops

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's basketball team overcome a 16-point deficit against Scranton to pull within one at the 12-minute mark of the second half but the Crusaders were unable to complete the comeback and fell 67-58 to the visiting Royals.

The 17th-ranked SU men saw two players in double figures with Dalton Reichard leading the way with 18 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. Steven Weidlich added 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

The Crusaders (18-3, 9-3) shot just 33 percent from the floor while Scranton countered with a 46 percent showing from the floor and a 53-percent clip from three-point range. SU did, however, force 17 Scranton turnovers and had 34 rebounds (12 offensive) to the Royals' 32.

Scranton (17-5, 10-4) led from start to finish, jumping out to a seven-point advantage (10-3) 3:26 into the game. The Royals stretched it to a double-digit lead (20-9) at the 13-minute mark of the half.

With 6:40 remaining, a Marcus Thomas jumper put Scranton ahead 29-16. While Weidlich's layup brought SU within nine (30-21) with 3:37 on the clock, the Royals scored seven of the final 10 points of the period to take a 37-24 lead into the locker room.

Susquehanna came out of halftime and went on a 20-8 run to pull within one (45-44) on Reichard's layup at the 12:41 mark. Weidlich's three just over one minute later kept SU within one, 48-47, but Scranton went up 50-47 on its next possession and never again trailed by less than three points.

The Crusader defense was able to keep it a single-digit game, though, and two Reichard free throws with six minutes to play made it 57-54. With time winding down, SU was forced to foul and Scranton sank three free throws down the stretch to help seal the Royals' victory.

Susquehanna remains at home to host Drew on Saturday at 2 p.m. It is both Pepsi Day and Senior Day for the program. The team's seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game and there will be free Pepsi beverages and hot dogs throughout the afternoon.