Seth Callahan and Zach Knecht scored 16 points each to lead four players into double figures scoring for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team but after a close first half, Lancaster Bible College put together a decisive second half run that led to an 87-74 win for the Chargers Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in Lancaster.
Ryan Traub hit a layup late in the first half for Susquehanna (4-5) to tie the game at 39-39 after the first 20 minutes of action.
After both teams scored baskets to start teh second half, Lancaster Bible (7-2) took off on a 19-4 run to take a commanding lead midway through the second half.
Callahan's jumper followed by a 3-pointer stopped the run but the River Hawks could not get any closer than 10 points for the remainder of the game. The late rally was capped by a Jordan Harnum basket with 1:28 left to cut the lead to 80-70 but the Chargers connected on 7-of-8 free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory.
After Callahan and Knecht, Traub added 15 points and Tyler Hoagland chipped in 13 for the River Hawks. Jacob Walsh and Knecht each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team and Adam Dizbon handed out a team-best five assists.
After connecting on 7-of-14 3-point shots in the first half, the River Hawks made only 2-of-10 long range shots in the second half.
The River Hawks will return to action in a rare Monday night game with a matchup against NCAA Division I Lafayette College in Easton. That game will be the final contest of the first semester for Susquehanna.