BY LEAH LEAHY, STAFF WRITER
Susquehanna came into play against Juniata Wednesday in a tie for a possible playoff berth.
In a rivalry game, the Crusaders trailed by a bucket with three ticks left.
Out of a timeout, Susquehanna sophomore guard Brandon Hedley took a pass at the top of the key and uncorked a 3-pointer at the buzzer that fell through to give the Crusaders a dramatic victory, 59-58.
With the last-gasp trey from their leading scorer, the Crusaders clinched a playoff berth, defeating their rivals in the process.
The Eagles tied the game at 56 with two minutes left on a 3-pointer and took the lead on free throws with four seconds to play in the game.
However, the Crusaders were far from finished.
Quickly in-bounding the ball, the Crusaders called a timeout to draw up a final play.
In a reaction fitting for a rivalry game, fans overflowed onto the court to surround Hedley seconds after his shot.
With the 3-pointer, Hedley reached double figures in points, finishing with 10.
Senior center Harley Sellinger led the Crusaders with 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Susquehanna trailed at halftime by five, but the Crusaders quickly tied the game as freshman guard Steven Weidlich drilled a corner 3-pointer to knot the game at 33.
Weidlich finished with 18 points including five treys.
Susquehanna 91, Moravian 86
As the Crusaders’ men’s basketball season is coming to a close, Susquehanna defeated the Moravian Greyhounds 91-86 Saturday.
Less than a month ago, on Jan. 25, the Crusaders battled the Moravian Greyhounds for their first matchup this season.
Susquehanna senior guard Jake Eskin landed the first two points of the game, leaving Moravian to fight back.
The Crusaders grabbed a 6-point lead before Moravian surged ahead 21-18 with 12 minutes remaining.
Moravian opened the second half with a 3-pointer, followed by two free throws. Susquehanna fought back with a layup from Weidlich with 13:27 left to trail 57-55.
Sellinger hit a pair of layups following Weidlich to put the Crusaders on top. As his Susquehanna career is winding down, Sellinger is six points away from 1,000 career points. 3-pointers by Weidlich and Hedley in the last 10 minutes helped push the Crusaders toward their victory. Eskin also contributed to the Crusaders win with 20 points, several of which made at the line.
As the Crusaders entered a double-bonus for the remainder of the game, with four-and-a-half minutes remaining, Moravian cut the lead to a one-point game before senior guard Mike Perillo landed a 3-pointer, followed by several shots from the line, contributing to the win.
Sellinger landed a dunk as the crowd praised his performance with 39 seconds remaining in the game, claiming the victory.