MIDDLETOWN Pa. – The No. 19 Susquehanna University men's basketball team outscored Penn State Harrisburg by double-digits in each half as the River Hawks defeated the Lions, 82-56, Sunday afternoon at Capital Union Building.
Penn State Harrisburg (3-1) took a 17-16 lead midway through the first half but it would never have the lead again as Susquehanna outscored the Lions, 66-39, the rest of the game, including 23-11 in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 39-28 lead into intermission.
Sophomore Tyler Hoagland and senior Steve Weidlich led all scorers with 16 points apiece. Hoagland had 11 points at the half, including hitting all three shots from behind the arc. He also had three steals and two assists. Weidlich missed eight of his 11 shots from the field but went 10-for-12 from the free throw line as he added seven rebounds. Junior Ryan Traub scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. In just 12 minutes off the bench, freshman Jacob Walsh scored a career-high 13 points to go along with a career-high seven rebounds. He made all three shots from the field and all seven from the charity stripe. Fellow freshman Zach Knecht added six points and five rebounds off the bench.
Susquehanna out rebounded the Lions 42-29 and shot 16-percent better from the field as Susquehanna shot 47-percent (23-49) and Penn State Harrisburg shot 31 percent (18-58). The River Hawks also had a distinct advantage at the free throw line as it made 30-of-37 (81-percent) while Penn State Harrisburg made 14-of-22 (64-percent).
Former Susquehanna assistant Don Friday is in his fourth year as the head coach at Penn State Harrisburg. Friday coached under Susquehanna men's basketball coach Frank Marcinek in the 2012-13 season.
Susquehanna's conference schedule begins this Saturday, December 3, as it heads to Baltimore to take on Goucher at 4 p.m. in a matchup of Landmark Conference foes.