Jason Dietrich scored 15 of his team-leading 19 points in the first half for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team as the River Hawks built a 37-34 lead in the first 20 minutes against Scranton. The Royals rebounded to shoot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half to snap the Susquehanna win streak at 12 games with a 76-68 victory Wednesday night in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Dietrich was a force in the first half for the River Hawks (12-2 overall, 2-1 Landmark), ranked No. 11 in the latest D3hoops.com top-25 poll, with 15 points and seven rebounds.
"We had our chances early in the game, we just didn't take advantage of them" said head coach Frank Marcinek. "I give Scranton a lot of credit. They did a good job defensively against us and two of their bench players really hurt us tonight. They shot well in the second half."
Early in the second half, Dietrich drained a 3-pointer to give Susquehanna a 42-36 lead but Scranton (11-3, 3-0) came back with five consecutive points.
A Ryan Traub 3-pointer and later a three-point play pushed the River Hawks lead to 48-43 but the Royals answered with a 9-3 run to take a lead at 52-50.
With the score tied at 52-52 after a Tyler Hoagland layup, Scranton went on another run scoring the next 10 consecutive points as the momentum clearly shifted toward the Royals.
The River Hawks closed to within nine points at 72-63 on another Hoagland layup with 2:23 left but Scranton closed out the win with a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.
Dietrich led four players into double-digit scoring with his 19 points. Traub added 16, Steven Weidlich added 15 and Hoagland scored 10 for Susquehanna. Dietrich also had a team-best 11 rebounds while Hoagland and Dalton Reichard each handed out four assists to lead the River Hawks.
Susquehanna closes out its four-game home stand with a Landmark Conference game Saturday against Elizabethtown before starting a four-game road trip next Wednesday at Juniata.