Junior Tyler Hoagland scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field for the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team but it was not enough as Juniata College built an early lead and held on for a 75-66 win in a Landmark Conference game Wednesday night in Memorial Gym in Huntingdon.
Juniata (16-3 Overall, 5-3 Landmark) jumped out to an early lead with a 10-4 edge in the first five minutes. Susquehanna (6-12, 3-5) battled back and trimmed the lead to a point with a Matt LaCorte 3-pointer at 10-9.
The Eagles regained control and went on a 10-2 run to take a 20-11 lead. After another LaCorte 3-pointer, Juniata took off on another 9-0 run for a 29-14 edge and it was another LaCorte 3-pointer that stopped the run.
The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the period and Juniata took the 41-30 lead into the break.
Bryce Butler hit a 3-pointer to start the second half to help the River Hawks rally. Susquehanna chipped away at the lead and a pair of Butler free throws with 1:55 remaining cut the lead to three points at 64-61.
The Eagles responded with a 3-pointer at the end of the next possession and Juniata made its final eight free throws to seal the victory.
Hoagland led all Susquehanna scorers with his career-best scoring effort, LaCorte added 17 points off the bench and Butler chipped in 10 for the River Hawks. Hoagland added five assists while Zach Knecht led the team with four steals.
Susquehanna remains on the road with a Landmark Conference doubleheader Saturday at Goucher. The men play at 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. women's game.