Men’s Basketball Drops a Close Road Loss at Moravian

Ryan Traub led Susquehanna with 18 points but just missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced OT
Ryan Traub led Susquehanna with 18 points but just missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced OT

Ryan Traub led the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team with 18 points and fired a 3-pointer as time expired that would have tied the game and forced overtime but the shot rolled off the rim and out giving Moravian College an 80-77 victory Saturday afternoon in a Landmark Conference matchup in Johnston Hall in Bethlehem.

Susquehanna (16-3 overall, 6-2 Landmark), ranked No. 11 in the latest Top-25 poll, took the largest lead of the game for either team with a 10-point advantage midway through the second half but Moravian (13-6, 6-2) battled back to take a slim lead in the closing minutes and hit a pair of key free throws with less than 20 seconds left forcing the River Hawks to have to hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and force overtime.

Steven Weidlich hit a pair of free throws with 3:33 left to play to tie the game at 73-73 but the Greyhounds answered with a three-point play at the other end to regain the lead.

Weidlich drove and pulled up for a short jumper to trim the lead to a point at 76-75.

At the other end of the court the Susquehanna defense caused a turnover on a shot clock violation and Weidlich found Jason Dietrich for a layup and a one-point River Hawks lead but Moravian answered with a fast break layup to go up 78-77.

After a missed jumper by the River Hawks, Moravian called a timeout with possession and one minute left to play. The Susquehanna defense forced a turnover as the shot clock was winding down. Susquehanna moved up the court with a chance to take the lead but turned the ball over and with 20 seconds left fouled to stop the clock.

The Greyhounds converted both free throws for the three-point lead. As the River Hawks moved up the court, the Moravian defense forced another turnover but when the Greyhound player dove for the loose ball, he rolled on the floor and was called for the travel giving Susquehanna the ball at mid court with eight seconds left.

The River Hawks called time out to draw up a play and Traub found the open shot from the top of the key but as time expired the shot was off the mark and Moravian escaped with the victory.

Traub led Susquehanna with his 18 points. Weidlich added 14, Trevor Hoagland had 13 and Dietrich had 11 for the River Hawks.

There were eight ties and 19 lead changes in the game. Nearly half of Moravian's baskets came from beyond the 3-point line as the Greyhounds were 28-for-56 from the field and 12-for-27 from 3-point range. Susquehanna shot 56 percent from the field (30-for-54) and was 7-for-11 from 3-point range.

Susquehanna returns home for a midweek matchup with Juniata on February 1st and will host Goucher next Saturday for Pepsi Day at the Garrett Sports Complex.