The men’s basketball team battled for a win against the Moravian Greyhounds Saturday afternoon, ultimately coming out on top, 68-63.
Within the first few minutes of the game, the Greyhounds (8-10, 3-5 Landmark) took a four-point lead.
Senior center Harley Sellinger said, “We worried about (executing) our plays and our offense and just working hard at perfecting our defense.”
Shortly after, Susquehanna fought back with an 8-6 lead with help from freshman guard Steven Weidlich.
Weidlich proved himself throughout the game, leading all scorers with 17 points, more than half of which came from beyond the 3-point line.
Along with the 17 points, Weidlich pulled down six rebounds.
Before entering the half, the Crusaders racked up points with help from Sellinger and Weidlich. Weidlich scored the final two points before the half, leaving Susquehanna with a 45-33 lead..
Sellinger said, “We played a very strong first half.”
Sellinger contributed to the win, completing a double-double by scoring 12 points, a game high of 11 rebounds, and three blocks for the Crusaders.
Sophomore guard Brandon Hedley helped the Crusaders’ success throughout the game, scoring nine points and distributing six assists.
Moravian fought back after the half, opening with 12 consecutive points, tying the game at 45, as the Crusaders came out of the locker room with a cold stretch.
Converting inside and connecting from long-range, the Greyhounds benefitted from a four-minute spurt without the Crusaders scoring a point.
Junior guard Matt McGugan brought the Crusaders back in front with a pair of free throws with 14 minutes to play before finding his stroke from deep to give the Crusaders a 52-48 lead.
The 7-0 Crusaders run ended with a 3-pointer from senior guard Mike Perillo. The Crusaders shot 47 percent from 3-point range.
Moravian continued their fight throughout the remainder of the game, cutting their deficit to one, with a score of 60-59 and slightly under five minutes remaining.
Sellinger said, “We held them off to get the win in the second half, it was a hard-fought game overall.”
Sellinger hit a free throw with 2:35 left to give the Crusaders a two-point lead before sophomore guard Brandon Hedley drained a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five.
Moravian trimmed the lead to three with 1:15 left and missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 36 seconds left and Weidlich grabbed the rebound.
The Greyhounds forced a foul, sending senior guard Jake Eskin to the line with 25 seconds remaining. At the line, Eskin knocked down four free throws to seal the win.
Eskin finished with 12 points and four rebounds.
The Crusaders now stand with a record of 12-6, including a 4-3 mark in conference.
“Our goal is to get to the Landmark conference championship,” Sellinger said. “And win.”