BALTIMORE, Md. – The Susquehanna University men's basketball team, after building a 15-point halftime lead, held off a late Goucher College rally as the River Hawks prevailed, 68-62, in its Landmark Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Decker Sports and Recreation Center Arena.
Susquehanna (5-1), which won its fifth straight, held a 39-24 lead at the half as it got out to a quick 10-0 start in the first 3:25. Goucher eventually got within four points at 7:16 but Susquehanna closed the half on a 17-8 run.
Susquehanna's lead ballooned to 18 at 18:19 on a Steven Weidlich layup. But Goucher answered with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. Goucher got within two points twice in the fourth quarter but it could never tie or forge ahead as the River Hawks led from start to finish. Susquehanna led by just four with a minute to go but Weidlich hit four straight free throws in the final minute to put the game away.
In just 15 minutes of action as he battled foul trouble, junior Ryan Traub hit all nine shots from the field and both from the free throw line as he scored a game-high 20 points with 13 coming in the second half. It's his third 20-point game of the season. Weidlich, who scored 13 points in the first half, finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists. With his 19 points, Weidlich currently sits at 1,327 career points and currently ranks as the 12th all-time leading scorer in program history. Senior Dalton Reichard added seven points, four rebounds and two steals while senior Jason Dietrich had seven rebounds and three assists.
Susquehanna shot 46 percent from the field while it held Goucher to just 37 percent. Goucher also shot 13 percent (3-23) from the 3-point line while Susquehanna hit 31 (5-16) percent of its shots from behind the arc.
Susquehanna continues a seven game road trip as it heads to Wilkes-Barre to play in the FNCB Monarch Classic at King's College when it takes on Trinity (Conn.) Friday, December 9 at 6 p.m.