Free Throws Lead Men’s Basketball Past Catholic

Free Throws Lead Men’s Basketball Past Catholic

Tyler Hoagland hit all 12 of his free throws and led five players into double-figures scoring as the Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team came back from an 11-point second half deficit to defeat Catholic University 75-71 Thursday night in Washington, DC. 

Susquehanna (8-13 overall, 5-6 Landmark) did not score a field goal in the final 4:18 of the game but did connect on all its free throws down the stretch to complete the comeback victory. Catholic (12-9, 6-4) committed eight fouls in the last four minutes allowing the River Hawks to tie the game and eventually take the lead. 

Jacob Walsh, who finished with 14 points including 7-for-7 from the free throw line, converted a three-point play at the 4:18 mark that closed the gap to a single point at 62-61. The River Hawks had trailed by 11 points at 55-44 with 10 minutes left to play. 

Catholic regained a four-point lead with a 3-pointer and after Hoagland hit a pair of free throws, the Cardinals hit another 3-pointer to go up by five points at 68-63 with 2:41 left. 

Walsh and Seth Callahan each hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to a point and Hoagland followed with two more free throws at the 1:18 mark to give the River Hawks a 69-68 lead. 

Callahan missed a 3-pointer on the next Susquehanna possession but Walsh was there to grab the rebound and Hoagland was fouled again and hit both free throws to extend the lead to three points with 25 seconds to play. 

Catholic made a layup with 16 seconds left but a late foul and two more free throws by Walsh allowed the River Hawks to regain the three-point edge. 

The Cardinals hit one-of-two free throws with a second left but Hoagland iced the win with the final two free throws of the game. 

Hoagland finished with 14 points while Callahan added 15 and Walsh scored 14 off the bench. Zach Knecht had 10 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds while Bryce Butler added 10 points for Susquehanna.

The River Hawks continue their road trip with a game at Drew Saturday before returning home to face Scranton on Valentine's Day in Houts Gym.