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January 16, 2014

College basketball: SU men, women pick up first league wins

SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna not only picked up its first Landmark Conference win of the season with an 88-77 home win over Goucher on Wednesday night, the Crusaders also dealt the Gophers their first conference loss of the season.

Four players netted at least 12 points for SU (9-5, 1-2 Landmark), including a double-double from Harley Sellinger who poured in 14 points and had a game-high 17 boards. Brandon Hedley led Susquehanna with 23 points while Steven Weidlich finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jake Eskin picked up 12 points and five assists in his 33 minutes of action.

WOMEN

Susquehanna 65, Goucher 50


TOWSON, Md. — Susquehanna earned its first Landmark Conference win of 2013-14 on Wednesday night by defeating Goucher 65-50 at the Decker Sports & Rec Center.

Susquehanna (7-6, 1-2 Landmark) improves to 11-2 against Goucher since the Landmark began in 2007.

Less than midway through the second half, Goucher (5-8, 1-2) trimmed SU’s lead to three (39-36) with 14:47 to go but the Crusaders responded when Nicole Gault and Mariah Monahan combined to shoot 6-for-6 from the charity stripe over the next three minutes to jump ahead by 11 (47-36) and go on to the eventual 15-point win.

SU jumped out to a 10-4 lead to begin the game thanks in part to six points from Gault. The Crusaders expanded their advantage to 10 (19-9) with 10:36 remaining after a three-point play by freshman Sofia Schedler.

The Gophers cut the SU lead to six (21-15) but seven consecutive points from Nikki Komara handed the Crusaders a 13-point cushion (33-20) with 3:26 left in the first half.

Komara poured in 13 first-half points behind 6-of-7 shooting and Monahan and Gault combined for 13 opening period points as the Crusaders went into intermission with a 35-28 lead. SU shot 51.9 percent and held the Gophers to 36 percent shooting in the opening half.

Even though Goucher pulled within three with nearly 15 minutes to play in the second half, Susquehanna never relinquished its lead en route to the 65-50 victory.

The Crusaders host Landmark foe Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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