Jacob Walsh scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half and Ryan Traub added 15 points as the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 75-62 victory over Misericordia University Wednesday night in a non-conference game in Dallas, Pa.
Susquehanna (3-2) hit nearly 50 percent of its shots from the field in the game including a 57.1 (16-for-28) shooting percentage in the second half to pull away from Misericordia (2-4).
Walsh had a nice run at the end of the first half that gave the River Hawks the lead and the momentum going into the second half. With 2:40 left in the first half, Walsh blocked a shot and hustled down the court to score on a fast break dunk that tied the game at 26-26. Just 15 seconds later, he grabbed a defensive rebound and connected on a 3-pointer at the other end of the court for a 29-26 lead.
In the second half, Walsh picked up his third foul in the opening minutes of the period but stayed in the game and had a pair of assists and two key rebounds in the first eight minutes of the half.
He hit another 3-pointer with 12:45 on the clock to give Susquehanna a nine-point lead and added a layup a minute later to extend the lead to double digits. He added a pair of free throws and two more layups over the next three minutes to give the River Hawks their biggest lead at 57-41 with 8:45 left to play.
The Cougars cut the lead to eight points with a series of 3-pointers but Traub hit a big 3-pointer with 5:14 left and Tyler Hoagland followed with another 3-pointer before Adam Dizbon finished the 8-0 run with a basket to regain the comfortable lead at 69-54 for four minutes left.
Walsh had a team-best 10 rebounds to go along with his 16 points. Dizbon finished with 10 points and was tied with Traub with six rebounds each. Hoagland had nine points and added five assists and a pair of steals.
The other key factor in the game was the play of the Susquehanna bench as the River Hawks secured a 23-2 advantage with bench scoring. Matt LaCorte scored 12 off the bench and fellow freshman Bryce Butler added nine points with each grabbing five rebounds for the River Hawks.
Susquehanna returns to action with the start of Landmark Conference play against Goucher College with a 2 p.m. game Saturday in Houts Gymnasium.