The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2012

College sports notebook: Crusaders make their move

Frank Marcinek has long stressed the importance of winning at home, but the Crusaders haven't had a bigger home sweep of a Landmark doubleheader than they did Friday and Saturday in a long time.

The sweep vaulted SU into the mix for the Landmark's top seed.

Spenser Spencer scored a season-high 33 points, and J.T. Wilson added 20 more Friday night when SU handed Scranton its first conference loss. Equally as important, the same night Moravian pulled off a rare road win in conference, beating Juniata.

Then on Saturday afternoon, Susquehanna eked out a one-point win over Moravian; Scranton lost again, this time at Juniata. That means that entering the second half of the season, which starts Friday night throughout the Landmark, four teams (Susquehanna, Scranton, Juniata and Catholic) are tied atop league standings at 5-2.

The Crusaders will have a tough go of it considering they play their next four league games on the road, including a trip to Merchant Marine and Drew this weekend. The Crusaders were 4-0 at home in the first half and 1-2 on the road. After their four road games over the next two weekends, the Crusaders play their final three at home.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Two odd occurrences happened during Friday's Scranton-Susquehanna Landmark Conference men's game in Selinsgrove.

First off, with the Crusaders down 3-0 early, Spencer hit a rare four-point play, getting fouled while draining a long 3-pointer and then converting the free throw. Oddly enough, the same thing happened in the second half when Spencer's first bucket of the second half was a long 3 that he was again fouled on and turned into a four-point play.

Another strange double happened when Scranton twice got called for a charge, once in each half, yet its basket counted both times. In each instance, the driving Scranton player released the shot well before colliding with a Crusader defender under the hoop, so officials ruled both shots good and called the offensive foul.

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