Susquehanna Ends Season at Sweet 16

Dalton Reichard scored 13 points in the Sweet 16 loss to Williams.
Dalton Reichard scored 13 points in the Sweet 16 loss to Williams.

Seniors Steven Weidlich and Dalton Reichard combined for 35 points for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team but a second half run by Williams College was too much to overcome as the River Hawks had their season come to an end with a 78-61 loss in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday night in Pepin Gym on the campus of Middlebury College.

Susquehanna (23-6) finishes the season with the second most wins and the most wins in a two-year span with the school-record 24 wins last year.

"We have no regrets," said head coach Frank Marcinek. "We left it all of the floor tonight. I am very proud of these guys and what they have accomplished over the past two seasons."

The River Hawks jumped out to an early 8-0 lead on the strength of a pair of Reichard 3-pointers but Williams (22-8) answered with eight points of its own to tie the game and the teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the first half as Williams took 33-28 lead into the break.

"I definitely felt good out there," said Reichard. "All of my shots felt good tonight. I was getting some good looks early thanks to my teammates. They were finding me and getting me the ball in good spots."

In the second half, Ryan Traub scored the first five points of the period to tie the score at 33-33. The Ephs came back with a 13-3 run over the next five minuets to open up a double-digit lead.

"I thought the game plan worked in the first half," said Marcinek. "We were able to keep them off balance changing defenses and making them work for their baskets."

Weidlich was limited to seven points in the first half and scored 15 in the second half but Williams had an answer for every Susquehanna basket and the River Hawks could not put together a run to close the gap in the second half.

"He is a scary player," said Williams head coach Kevin App of Weidlich. "We know he is a great scorer and can score from anywhere on the court. We tried to limit his looks from 3-point range and we kept him off balance by having different players guard him."

Weidlich led the River Hawks with 22 points and Reichard scored 13. Traub added 12 points and senior Danny Weiss added eight points off the bench. Weidlich and Tyler Hoagland each had six rebounds and Hoagland handed out a game high eight assists.