By The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- Sophomore Brandon Hedley and freshman Steven Weidlich each scored 25 points apiece as the Susquehanna men defeated Lycoming, 99-84, in the 2013-14 season opener on Tuesday evening.
While opening the season with a win is nice, it was also the first win for the Crusaders over the Warriors since 2007.
The Crusaders (1-0) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half before outscoring the Warriors (2-1) 57-42 in the second half to grab the season-opening victory. The win snapped a five-game losing streak to Lycoming, the longest drought against the Warriors since 1965-68.
Hedley matched his career high with 25 points, behind 8-of-20 shooting and 5-of-9 shooting from deep range, while collecting seven assists and five rebounds.
In his collegiate debut, Weidlich matched Hedley with 25 points (8-of-14 field goals) while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out two assists. Sophomore Josh Miller scored 17 points off the bench and nearly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Susquehanna shot 51.6 percent from the field (32-of-62) and 55 percent from behind the arc (11-of-20). The Crusaders also converted 24-of-30 shots from the free throw line.
The Warriors were led by 25 points from senior Michael Rudy as four players scored in double figures to pace Lycoming.
The evening started out with Hedley knocking down a three-pointer to hand SU a very early lead but the Warriors countered with a 10-0 run, including a pair of shots beyond the arc by Rudy, before another Hedley field goal stopped the Lycoming burst.
However, the Crusaders would go on an offensive spurt as Tre Dean hit a layup and senior Jake Eskin (converted a fast-break layup to cut the early deficit to 12-9. But another pair of Warrior three-pointers extended the Lycoming lead to 18-12 with 14:42 remaining in the first half.
edley would knock down a jumper to get the Crusaders within four at 18-14, but another quick run by the Warriors forced head coach Frank Marcinek to call a timeout with the Crusaders trailing by nine.