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MADISON , N.J. -- Despite trimming what had been a 24-point deficit to just one point in the closing seconds of regulation, Susquehanna could not complete the comeback against Drew, falling 64-63 on the road.
In just the teams' second conference game of the season, Susquehanna (8-5, 0-2 Landmark) nearly overcame a first-half field goal percentage of just 17 to shoot 55 percent in the second half and score 42 of the team's final 63 points.
With one second on the clock in the second half, the Crusaders' Jake Eskin took the game's final shot with a chance to win it for his jumper but did not go in and the Rangers (7-6, 1-1) held on for the win.
Four players finished in double figures for SU, led by 17 from Eskin who also added six boards. Harley Sellinger picked up 13 points and six rebounds while Steven Weidlich finished with 14 points. Brandon Hedley chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Drew went up 10-2 after just over three minutes of action and Susquehanna found itself in a 22-12 hole at the 11:02 mark. That lead grew to 16, 34-18, with 6:34 left in the half and the Rangers finished the half on an 11-3 run to go into the locker room up 45-21 over Susquehanna.
Despite facing that large deficit, the Crusaders slowly chipped away at Drew's lead. With 11:38 to play, SU found itself within 13 of the lead, 52-39, and a Matt McGugan jumper at 7:56 made it a 10-point contest (55-45). McGugan finished with four points, two rebounds and two steals in his 15 minutes of action off the bench.
Still down by 10, 62-52, with 2:26 on the clock, Susquehanna put up eight unanswered points, including a Weidlich jump shot that made it 62-20 with 21 seconds to play.
Drew's Mike Klinger made two free throws to pad his team's lead to four, 64-60, but Eskin converted a three-point play at the seven-second mark and SU found itself with one last shot to win the game. Unfortunately, Eskin's last second jump shot missed its mark and time ran out on the Crusaders' comeback attempt.
Susquehanna returns home to host Goucher on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.