The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 8, 2013

Men's basketball: Susquehanna drops conference opener


The Crusaders scored five straight points to cut into the deficit, but a 3-pointer and a pair of trips to the free throw line for Danzig allowed the Royals to push the lead to 19.

Susquehanna got to the foul line plenty (28 attempts) but had trouble converting, making just nine.

A pair of threes from Michael Barr with about seven minute left extended the Scranton lead to 25. The Crusaders answered with Steven Weidlich hitting one of his six 3-pointers before Jake Eskin and Mike Perillo converted to cut the lead to 78-60. Perillo scored six points in his first action of the season for the Crusaders, hitting three of his four shots.

Early in the game, Susquehanna appeared to feed off a rambunctious student section with Brandon Hedley draining a 3-pointer from the right wing despite contact and sinking the free throw for a four-point play.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 7-2 advantage as Susquehanna kept the ball largely out of Danzig's hands and forced other Royals to create.

After the Royals cut the lead to one with a 3-pointer and a jumper sandwiched around a dunk by Susquehanna's Harley Sellinger, Danzig made his presence felt on the perimeter. He received a pass from Mike Marchman and knocked down a three from the top of the key to give the Royals their first lead of the game.

Eskin quickly tied the game with a layup, but Scranton knocked down a second 3-pointer to go ahead as Tommy Morgan found the bottom of the net.

While the Crusaders were finding their range from the outside, the Royals consistently stayed in front with dribble penetration.

Weidlich's consistent shot-making helped the Crusaders' cause. The Susquehanna freshman kept the game close in the first half by hitting a 3-pointer when Scranton tried to make a run and nailed a three with 3:38 left in the first half to cut the Royals' lead to 30-28. He finished with a team-high 20 points for the Crusaders.

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