Men’s Basketball uses Strong Shooting to Down Moravian

Ryan Traub netted a team-best 24 points in the victory over Moravian
Ryan Traub netted a team-best 24 points in the victory over Moravian

Ryan Traub scored 15 of his team-leading 24 points in the first half and Steven Weidlich netted 13 of his 22 points in the second half leading the Susquehanna University men's basketball team to an 86-74 victory over Moravian College in a Landmark Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in O.W Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.

Susquehanna (12-1 overall, 2-0 Landmark Conference), ranked No. 14 in the latest national poll, used an 11-0 run in the first half to break open a close game. Traub started the run with a pair of free throws before Weidlich made a driving layup and Zach Knecht nailed a 3-pointer. Traub and Knecht capped the run each hitting a pair of free throws as the River Hawks took a 14-point lead at 26-12 with 7:30 left in the opening period.

Moravian (8-5, 1-1) chipped away at the lead closing the gap to seven points with 2:21 left but Susquehanna answered with an 8-3 run to close the half to take a 43-32 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, the River Hawks scored the first eight points of the period to post their biggest lead of the night at 19 points with a 51-32 advantage.

The Greyhounds rebounded to close to within three points at 57-54 with 10:39 left in the half.

The advantage jumped into and out of double digits over the next five minutes and the lead was just five points at 72-67 at the 5:25 mark.

Dalton Reichard hit a pair of jumpers and Traub added another free throw for a 10-point lead before Moravian scored the next four points to stay within striking distance at 77-71 with just less than three minutes remaining.

Susquehanna closed out the game with a 9-3 run on the strength of five straight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

The River Hawks finished 58.7 percent shooting from the field including a 62% clip (13-for-21) in the second half.

Traub's 24 and Weidlich's 22 led the River Hawks while Knecht added 11 points. Jason Dietrich grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and Weidlich added eight rebounds and five assists.

Susquehanna returns to action Wednesday night with a home Landmark Conference matchup hosting Scranton with a 7 p.m. start.