BY LEAH LEAHY, STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna men’s basketball team defeated the Drew Rangers 80-59 on Jan. 17. Not only did the Crusaders score another Landmark Conference win, they also improved their overall record to 12-4 and extended their current win streak to three games.
Susquehanna jumped out to an 8-1 lead led by sophomore guard Steven Weidlich. As one of five Susquehanna starters, Weidlich finished the game with 18 points and five assists. Senior starting guard Matt McGugan aided the Crusader attack with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists.
In the first half, the Rangers kept within striking distance from the Crusaders. With 12:19 left in the half, they cut the Susquehanna lead to 16-14 when junior guard Ozan Yucetepe hit back-to-back shots.
Junior guard Evan Austin scored consecutive three-pointers to push the Crusader lead to 22-14, but a 9-1 Ranger run push starting with 10:23 remaining in the half allowed them to tie the game at 23.
Minutes before the game went into the half, the Crusaders ripped off an 11-2 run of their own to extend their lead to 36-27. Junior guard Josh Miller hit a three-pointer at the 1:40 mark and Susquehanna entered the half on top, 41-32.
Susquehanna added to their lead early in the second half, thanks to a pair of threes from both Miller and junior guard Brandon Hedley. Almost three minutes into the second half, Miller hit another three-pointer, increasing the lead to 12 points.
Hedley added back-to-back threes in the next two minutes before Miller struck again to extend the lead to 53-32.
Sophomore forward Danny Weiss followed with a layup giving the Crusaders a 23-point lead, 55-32.
The Rangers fought back, matching the Crusaders for the rest of the game, but they were unable to cut the deficit any lower than 17.
The Crusaders came out on top with 80-59 victory. The win brought them to 5-2 in the Landmark Conference.
Susquehanna followed up the win with an 86-82 home victory over Goucher.
Hedley led all scorers with 22 points, while Weidlich flirted with a triple-double, finishing the night with 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The Crusaders outscored their opponent 46-14. The two teams traded points early before an 11-0 run by Susquehanna put them in the driver’s seat with 8:31 remaining in the first half.
The Crusaders led by nine points with 1:22 left in the half, but a late rally by the Gophers cut the lead to four points entering the break.
Goucher built on their momentum early in the second half, turning a 50-46 halftime deficit into a 52-52 ball game just two minutes into the half.
The Crusaders regained the lead and did not trail at any point in the second half. However, the Gophers kept within striking distances, tying the game several times.
Despite their best attempts to keep at the Crusaders’ heels, Goucher feel behind.Late free throws by the Crusaders wrapped up the game in Susquehanna’s favor. The final score was 86-82.
Susquehanna will look to extend their winning streak against Elizabethtown on Saturday.