SU opens season with W

BY KEVIN JONES, STAFF WRITER

The Susquehanna men’s
basketball team opened its
season with a 91-71 victory
at home against Lycoming on
Nov. 18.
Head Coach Frank MarcinekScreen shot 2014-11-23 at 9.07.28 PM
was excited for the start
of the basketball season.
“It feels great to be playing
again. That’s what these guys
wait all summer and fall for, to
get back in competition,” Marcinek
said.
The Crusaders took the lead
just under five minutes into the
first half and didn’t give it up
for the rest of the game.
With the game tied 7-7,
sophomore guard Steven Weidlich
sparked a 23-9 Crusader
runwith a lay-up.
The biggest lead Susquehanna
had during the game
was 24 points, and in the end
the Crusaders won 91-71.
At the end of the first half,
Susquehanna led 38-24, but
both teams scored more points
in the second half. Susquehanna
had the advantage in the
second half as well, scoring
51 points compared to Lycoming’s
47.
Marcinek was pleased with
the team’s performance in the
first game of the season.
He said the team had some
really good runs during the
game, and he was happy with
the performance by the team’s
bench players, who played
valuable minutes due to some
foul trouble.
One of the key reasons
for the victory was freshman
center Ryan Traub. Traub recorded
a double-double, with
13 points and 17 rebounds in
19 minutes. Traub said he was
happy with the results of his
first college game and had no
complaints about the game.
“The pace of play is faster in
college. I think it takes a little
time to get used to, but I think I
adapted well,” Traub said.
Sophomore center Danny
Weiss felt the win had a positive
effect on the team’s morale,
which they can build on
as the season progresses.
“It lets you know you’re doing
stuff right in practice, and it
give us validation,” Weiss said.
Marcinek said before the
next game he wanted to work
with the team on being more
consistent in getting the ball to
the post players.
Marcinek feels that the
team’s biggest challenge this
year is going to be its defense.
He said he sees the team as
being better offensively than
defensively, and in order to be
great the team’s defense needs
to improve.
The Crusaders will host
their annual Pepsi Tip-Off
Tournament this weekend. The
team’s first game is Friday
at 8 p.m. against Penn State
Worthington Scranton.