Men’s Basketball Claims Tourney Title

Men’s Basketball Claims Tourney Title

THE HEADLINE: The Susquehanna men's basketball team won its third-straight Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament title with a decisive 78-65 win over King's on Saturday afternoon.

MVP: Senior captain Steven Weidlich was named the Tournament MVP after finishing the weekend with 40 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in 54 minutes of action.

TEAM RECORDS: The River Hawks are now 2-1 overall with King's record standing at 2-1, as well.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Weidlich picked up a double-double on Saturday with a game-high 31 points – 15 of which came from three-point range – and 10 boards to go along with six assists. Ryan Traub fell just three rebounds shy of a double-double with 16 points and seven rebounds.

BACK-AND-FORTH FIRST HALF:  Both teams saw their shares of the lead in the opening half. The game was tied six times, including 33-33 late the period. The River Hawks managed to close out the half with back-to-back layups from Danny Weiss and Traub to take a 37-33 lead into halftime.

SOLID SECOND HALF: SU out-scored King's 41-32 in the second half to eventually put the game out of reach. Susquehanna opened the period on a 17-6 run to go up 54-39 five minutes into the action.  

The Monarch's kept it a 10-point game, 56-46, on a Tyler Millan jumper at the 12:38 mark. SU responded by putting together a 16-2 stretch that made it 72-48 in favor of SU with 7:31 to play.

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT
: King's was not ready to give in just yet, though. The Monarchs put together a run of their own, out-scoring SU 14-4 over a six-minute stretch to pull within 14 (76-62) with 94 seconds remaining. Time ran out for King's, however, and Susquehanna held on for the 78-65 victory.

TEAM STATS: Susquehanna shot 41 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent from three-point range and nearly 87 percent (13-for-15) from the free throw line. King's, meanwhile, shot less than 24 percent from beyond the arc and only 66.7 percent at the free throw line.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: Tyler Hoagland finished with seven points, three assists and one steal. Traub led all players with three blocks and Jason Dietrich tallied six points, five rebounds and one steal.

ELITE EIGHT: Members of the 1986 SU men's basketball team were in attendance at Saturday's game. That team won the MAC North title and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight round of the Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.

UP NEXT: Susquehanna closes out its four-game homestand when the team hosts Lycoming on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.