BY JARED KNOWLTON, STAFF WRITER
The men’s basketball team was one point shy of triple digits on their way to defeating Lycoming 99-84 Nov. 19.
Sophomore guard Brandon Hedley and freshman guard Steven Weidlich, who each scored 25 points in the game, helped lead Susquehanna to a second half win on the road.
The Crusaders were as many as 11 points behind in the first half, before ending the period tied at 42 points. Sophomore guard Josh Miller had 17 points off the bench and was one rebound short of a double-double, with nine rebounds for the day.
Junior guard Matt McGugan said: “It was a great team effort. We never lost our focus, and knew that if we kept the pressure on them we could win the game.”
The game featured an impressive shooting display as the Crusaders made 32 of 62 shots on the day, a shooting percentage of 51.6. Their percentage increased to 55 percent from behind the three-point line, hitting 11 of 20 from downtown.
Crusaders Head Coach Frank Marcinek said that he is pleased about the team’s 80 percent conversion of their chances from the free throw line.
Lycoming was not as efficient, shooting 34 for 76 from the floor, for a 44.7 shooting percentage.
The Crusaders turned the ball over 10 times as opposed to Lycoming’s 13 turnovers.
However, the Crusaders’ ability to score more than doubled their opponents points off turnovers. Susquehanna scored 25 of their 99 points off of Lycoming turnovers to Lycoming’s 11 points coming off of turnovers.
Hedley said: “It was more than just one player. It was the team. It took all of us to win it, and when we play together we’re pretty good.”
The win marks the first time in the last four games that Susquehanna has defeated Lycoming.
McGugan said: “It sets the tone for our season. We have a long way to go, but we are doing the right things. We just need to keep playing as a team.”
Susquehanna’s defeat of Lycoming will give them a win before hosting the Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament against Penn State-Wilkes-Barre tonight at 8 p.m.