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College Sports

February 12, 2012

Men's basketball: Balanced Crusaders clinch playoff berth


"The start of the second half, I was a little bit nervous. I had thought they (Catholic) had established their inside game. I thought they were going to go in at us and we had some foul trouble," Marcinek said. "I was a little bit concerned about our start of the second half, but as long as they didn't get ahead of us, we were in good shape."

The Cardinals trailed by four (39-35) to start the second half, but rallied to tie the game twice in the early stages, the last coming with 15:34 left in the game when Steve Limberiou tied the game at 44-44.

However, Seldon scored six consecutive points for the Crusaders to start a 12-2 run to give Susquehanna a 59-46 lead when Spencer hit a 3-pointer with 11:41 left in the game.

"We knew we needed to stay aggressive (in the second half). We knew if we didn't put them away, they would come back on us," Seldon said. "We wanted to continue to put the pressure on them."

There was a reason Marcinek said Catholic "had the best talent in the league." The Cardinals didn't go away with their own playoff hopes on the line, rallying to within 71-68 when Limberiou hit a 3-pointer with 1:09 left in the game.

Susquehanna converted 9-of-12 foul shots down the stretch to clinch the game.

Spencer led four Crusaders in double figures with 19 points. J.T. Wilson added 18 points, while Seldon finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Harley Sellinger added 11 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Mike Perillo had nine points and seven assists. Perillo also didn't commit a turnover in the second half.

The Crusaders jumped on the Cardinals early building a seven-point lead less than two minutes into the game when Spencer's 3-pointer with 18:36 left in the first half gave Susquehanna an 8-1 lead.

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