ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The No. 18 Susquehanna men's basketball team defeated Elizabethtown 83-69 on Saturday in the final regular season game of the year.
This gives SU win number 22 on the season which ties the all-time record of 22 wins set by the 1985-86 team which finished 22-8 and made the program's only run to the Elite Eight.
The Susquehanna defense held Elizabethtown to 45.3 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the arc while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from the three-point range themselves.
The Crusaders (22-3, 13-3) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead that was capped off with a three-pointer from Weidlich at the 18:29 mark. The Blue Jays (3-21, 1-15) came within six (10-4) from a Tommy James layup with 17:33 on the clock before Susquehanna went on a 13-3 run that gave them a 16 point lead with 14:37 remaining in the half.
Elizabethtown cut the lead to nine (23-14) at the 12:05 mark before a Jason Dietrich trey increased the Crusader's lead to 12 (26-14) with 11:08 on the clock. With 3:47 remaining in the first half, SU went up 15 on a Brandon Hedley three. The Blue Jays cut the lead to nine (45-36) at the 2:10 mark but the Crusaders proceeded to go on a 5-0 run to end the half up 50-36.
At the start of the second half, a three-point play from Miller increased the Crusader's lead to 17 (53-36). The Blue Jays whittled that lead to seven (69-62) on a Jamil Pines-Elliott three-pointer at the 11:48 mark. This was the closest Elizabethtown got for the remainder of the game as Susquehanna out-scored Elizabethtown 14-7 to win 83-69.
Susquehanna is still in the running for a first-place seed in the Landmark Conference Championships depending upon the Catholic and Scranton match-up scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21. However, the team will host a Semi-final game on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.