WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Sophomore Tyler Hoagland hit three free throws in the final 20 seconds to lift the Susquehanna University men's basketball team to a 62-58 win over Trinity (Conn.) Friday night at the FNCB Monarch Classic hosted by King's College at McCrane Gymnasium. With the win, Susquehanna (6-1) has won six straight.
Hoagland, who scored a season-high 18 points, went 10-for-12 from the free throw line including hitting 3-of-4 in the final 20 seconds. He also had four assists and three rebounds while scoring 10 of his points in the second half, eight of which came from the free throw line. The Cedar Cliff product even hit the game-tying layup with 4:09 left in the game. That layup started a quick 8-0 run that included back-to-back 3's from Jason Dietrich and Steven Weidlich that gave Susquehanna the lead for good.
Neither team led by more than eight points as Susquehanna took a 10-2 lead with 15:53 left in the first half. No team led by more than six points in the second half as there were six lead changes in the final 20 minutes. Susquehanna held a 58-52 lead with 2:42 left in the game after a Weidlich 3 but Trinity went on a 6-1 run over the next 2:10 but Hoagland iced the game for Susquehanna with his free throws.
Susquehanna shot 65 percent from the line as it made 19-of-29 attempts while Trinity made all four of its attempts from the charity stripe. The River Hawks forced 19 Trinity turnovers while having just 10 of its own.
Susquehanna moves on to the championship round of the FNCB Monarch Classic as it takes on Gwynedd Mercy Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m.