By The Daily Item
WILKES-BARRE -- Harley Sellinger turned in an MVP performance Sunday, scoring nine points and grabbing 16 rebounds to lead Susquehanna to its second win in the Monarch Classic.
The Crusaders shot 50 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Wilkes for a 66-53 victory in the tournament hosted by King's College.
Sellinger, a senior, pulled 14 defensive boards against a Wilkes team that warmed in the second half to shoot 30 percent from the floor. The Colonels missed 42 of 60 shots, including 19 from 3-point range.
Sellinger added two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes of work.
SU sophomore guard Brandon Hedley dropped 22 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Jake Eskin chipped in 13 points and three assists, while Steven Weidlich had 11 points and three assists.
The game started with a 6-0 Crusader run, and SU remained ahead by six, 14-8, after an Eskin layup at the 8:22 mark. Wilkes countered, however, with seven unanswered points to go up 15-14 with 6:39 left in the opening half.
That was the Colonels' only lead, however. A Weidlich 3-pointer three minutes later put Susquehanna back in the lead by two (17-15) and the team went into halftime ahead 26-21 after a Hedley jumper at the buzzer.
Two possessions into the second half, Susquehanna led by double digits (31-21) for the first time, and, thanks to an 11-0 run to open the half, SU went up by 21 (42-21) six minutes into the period.
The Crusaders led by double-figures for the next seven-plus minutes until Wilkes closed the gap to 53-45 at the 6:34 mark. But with 1:38 to play, an Eskin free throw again made it a 10-point game and Susquehanna tacked on for the final margin.
Susquehanna scored 20 points off 14 Wilkes turnovers.
The Crusaders (5-3) were the lone team to go 2-0 at the Classic. They next travel to Puerto Rico to face 2012-13 Elite 8 team St. Mary's (Md.).