Steven Weidlich scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in a pivotal 19-1 run in the second half as the Susquehanna University men's basketball team, ranked No. 14 in the D3hoops.com national poll, broke open a close game and cruised to an 87-66 victory over Lancaster Bible College Wednesday night in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove for the final non-conference game of the season.
After Susquehanna (11-1 overall) led by as many as 13 points in the opening half, Lancaster Bible (2-7) battled back to trim the lead to six at the halftime break closing the gap to 40-34.
In the second half, the Chargers scored the first two baskets of the period to come within a basket at 40-38 and trailed 42-40 with 18:30 left to play.
Tyler Hoagland scored a lay up to spark a 19-1 run as Weidlich connected on a 3-pointer before a steal and a layup as the River Hawks scored nine straight points. After a Lancaster Bible free throw, Weidlich added to the run with five free throws and Seth Callahan added a 3-pointer before Hoagland capped the run with a steal and lay up.
The Chargers managed to trim the lead back to 15 points over the next three minutes before Susquehanna put the game away with a 10-0 run as Weidlich added four more points a steal and an assist in the run.
Weidlich led all scorers with his 29 points, Callahan added 13 points and Ryan Traub chipped in 11 for the River Hawks. Weidlich and Zach Knecht each had seven rebounds while Weidlich and Jason Dietrich handed out four assists each.
Susquehanna resumes Landmark Conference play Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest against Moravian from Houts Gym. The day, that also includes a women's game at 2 p.m., has been designated Community Day with free admission for the doubleheader.