Freshman Bryce Butler scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, handed out six assists and recorded four steals for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team but it was not enough as Rowan University upended the River Hawks with an 88-72 win Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff Tournament consolation game on O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Butler came off the bench for the River Hawks (1-2) but still logged 30 minutes of playing time for his first career double-double. Senior Ryan Traub led Susquehanna with 18 points and added nine rebounds while Jacob Walsh score 13 and Matt LaCorte and Tyler Hoagland each scored 10. Hoagland also had eight assists for the River Hawks. Traub was named to the All-Tournament team as he scored 51 points in the two tournament games.
"(Bryce) Butler really filled up the stats sheet today," said Head Coach Frank Marcinek. "He is still a young player but at time he did not look it today. He played with poise and showed a lot of hustle out there. He is still getting better. We have a long way to go as a team but I see some positives coming out of this loss."
Susquehanna never led in the game as Rowan scored the first points of the game with a 3-pointer and held a lead for nearly the entire 40 minutes. Rowan (1-1) led by as many as 12 points in the first half at 31-19 and again at 33-21 with 9:17 left in the period.
The River Hawks chipped away at the double-digit lead and after Walsh connected on a 3-pointer and later nailed a pair of free throws, the lead was all the way down to three points at 39-36.
A Traub layup with less than a minute to play before the half made it a 46-43 game and that is where the score stayed for the intermission.
In the second half, the Profs regained the double-digit lead with the first seven points of the period and only allowed the River Hawks to get back to within seven points once over the remainder of the game.
A jumper by Butler with 6:39 to play trimmed the lead to eight points at 69-61but Rowan responded with the next five points to regain control.
The River Hawks are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday night with a non-conference game at Lycoming.