Not only was the offense for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team scoring at its usual high rate, but the defense was also strong Wednesday night as the River Hawks held Juniata to 57 points in an 83-57 Landmark Conference victory in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Steve Weidlich provided the offensive punch in the first half as he scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the opening 20 minutes as he connected on 50 percent of his shots from the field including three 3-pointers as Susquehanna (17-3 overall, 7-2 Landmark) held a 34-23 lead at the break.
The River Hawks, ranked No. 19 in the country according to the latest D3hoops.com Top-25, opened up the game in the second half scoring nearly 50 points and holding Juniata (11-9, 3-6) to 34 points in the second half.
The River Hawks finished the game hitting 49 percent (29-for-59) from the field and 48 percent (11-for-23) from 3-point range. The Susquehanna defense held the Eagles to 39% shooting from the field and 22% from 3point range.
"Steven (Weidlich) had another great game," said Head Coach Frank Marcinek who was honored prior to the start of the game for winning his 400th career victory last week. "We wanted to focus on our defense tonight and I think we did a good job at that end of the court. This was a solid team victory and a good win at home."
Weidlich led all scorers with his 24 points and is now just four points away from the 1,600 career-point milestone. Ryan Traub added 19 points and Dalton Reichard chipped in 13 for the River Hawks. Traub and Jason Dietrich had eight rebounds each and Jacob Walsh scored six points off the bench including a thunderous dunk in the second half.
"I think that was our first dunk of the year," said Marcinek. "It was nice to see him (Walsh) play well. He doesn't get a lot of opportunities but he certainly took advantage of his time tonight."
The River Hawks host Goucher Saturday for Pepsi Day at Houts Gymnasium. The local Pepsi bottling company will be sponsoring giveaways including hot dogs, Pepsi products and conducting the grand prize in the Pepsi Halftime Shootout.