Junior point guard Tyler Hoagland drove the lane and made a layup with 1.4 seconds remaining in the game to give the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team a 56-55 victory over Goucher College Saturday afternoon in the Landmark Conference opener at O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Susquehanna (3-3 Overall, 1-0 Landmark) trailed by as many as four points late in the game but a 3-pointer by Ryan Traub with 32 seconds left cut the lead to a point at 53-52.
Goucher (0-5, 0-1) converted one of two free throws twice in the last 26 seconds to regain a three-point advantage with 12 seconds to play.
The Gophers purposely fouled Jacob Walsh on the ensuing inbounds pass and the sophomore center hit both free throws to make it a one-point game at 55-54 with seven seconds remaining.
The inbounds pass was mishandled by Goucher and Walsh went to the floor to force the jump ball possession call giving the ball back to Susquehanna with four seconds left.
The pass inbounds went to Hoagland who drove to the basket and made the go-ahead layup with 1.4 seconds left to play.
"We drew up a play that offered a couple different option and it all depended on how they played Ryan (Traub)," said Head Coach Frank Marcinek. "Ryan sealed his defender off the lane and it was like the parting of the Red Sea which gave Tyler the open lane to the basket."
Traub sealed the win by stealing the final inbounds pass near mid court.
Susquehanna jumped out to an early lead at 11-4 but Goucher battled back and the teams played an even first half as the River Hawks led 24-21 at the break.
Seth Callahan had 12 of his team-leading 18 points in the opening half for the River Hawks.
In the second half, Susquehanna led by as many as eight points a couple different times including a 43-35 lead with 9:57 left.
A Goucher 3-pointer at the 4:12 mark trimmed the lead to a single point at 47-46 and another 3-pointer less than two minutes later gave the Gophers a 51-49 lead.
Both teams missed shots over the next 90 seconds before Goucher made two free throws for the late four point lead at 53-49 with 46 seconds left.
Callahan's 18 led the River Hawks while Traub added 13 and Walsh chipped in 11. Traub and Walsh were two of the four Susquehanna players with a team-leading five rebounds and Traub led the team with four steals.
Susquehanna will be on the road for the next four games and will next play at the FNC Bank Monarch Classic Tournament at King's College next weekend with a first round game at 6 p.m. Friday against Lynchburg.