Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletics
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Sophomore guard Lukas Yurasits poured in a game-high 22 points in leading the Susquehanna University men's basketball team to an impressive Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Championship semifinal victory Wednesday night. Susquehanna (19-7), the No. 1 seed, broke the game open with a 15-0 run to start the second half on its way to a 76-42 win over the fourth-seeded Moravian College Greyhounds (14-12).
The River Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the Landmark playoffs for the just the second time in program history as SU was the top seed for the first-ever Landmark Conference Championship in 2007-08. Susquehanna is making its 10th appearance in the Landmark tournament, finishing as the runner-up in 2009, 2014, and 2016.
SU will face third-seeded University of Scranton in the championship game on Saturday, February 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium. Scranton eliminated No. 2 seed Drew University, 93-81, in tonight's other semifinal matchup. The two teams split the season series this year with each squad winning hard-fought battles on their respective home court as Susquehanna posted a 75-73 win on Jan. 22 while the Royals earned a 66-62 overtime victory on Feb. 5.
Susquehanna 76, Moravian 42
How It Happened
- Susquehanna came out on fire, jumping out to a 10-0 in the first three minutes as Yurasits drained a pair of threes and sophomore guard Danny Frauenheim knocked down back-to-back buckets.
- Addis Ralph slowed down the bleeding with his three-point bucket to finally get the Greyhounds on the board at 15:58.
- The River Hawks did not allow Moravian to find its offensive rhythm as SU used a 16-7 run over the next eight minutes to boast a 26-10 advantage at 7:46 following another Yurasits triple.
- Defensively, Susquehanna forced the Greyhounds into eight turnovers and limited the visitors to just 2-of-5 from field, including missing all four three-point attempts.
- C.J. Barnes sparked a 15-3 run for Moravian over a five-minute span to pull within 29-25 with 2:04 left in the half. Barnes and Greg Eck each had five points in the run.
- Susquehanna quickly responded by closing out the half with an 8-0 run to take a 37-25 advantage into halftime as sophomore Jay Martin scored half of the team's points.
- Yurasits led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, connecting on all three of his three-point attempts, while Barnes paced the Greyhounds with eight points.
- Susquehanna posted a 22-18 rebounding margin behind four boards from senior captain Zachary Knecht while notching 15 points off of 11 Moravian miscues.
- Fueled by the electric crowd in white, the River Hawks manhandled Moravian in the second half as SU opened up the half with a 15-0 run to hold a 52-25 advantage at 15:07.
- The Greyhounds, with a depleted bench, had no answer for Susquehanna as the hosts dominated the paint and pushed their lead even further, owning a 41-point margin (74-33) with 3:35 left in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Defense got the job done tonight as the River Hawks picked a season-high 17 steals and forced Moravian into a total of 24 turnovers, which led to 28 points.
- Additionally, Susquehanna grabbed a season-best 49 rebounds, including 30 defensive boards to hold the Greyhounds to just three second-chance points.
- SU attempted a season-high 78 field goals, making 29 for a 37.2-field goal percentage for the game.
- The River Hawks took care of the ball tonight, turning the ball over only seven times – a season-low.
- The owner of a six-game win streak, Susquehanna has been nothing short of dominant in those six wins as the River Hawks have won the last six games by an average margin of +25.5 points.
- Susquehanna improves to 42-30 in the all-time series with their second straight win over the Greyhounds.
- Yurasits finished shooting 8-of-12, including 4-of-6 from downtown, for his third 20-point game of the season. He also added four rebounds and two steals.
- Frauenheim was the only other River Hawk in double digits with 12 while chipping in five assists, three boards, and three steals.
- Knecht led the team on the glass with a game-high nine caroms while contributing six points.
- Ralph finished as Moravian's leading scorer with 15 points off the bench while Barnes notched 11 points and eight rebounds as the Greyhounds' Landmark title hopes are dashed.
Up Next for the River Hawks
- Feb. 29 vs. Scranton (19-7) – Selinsgrove, Pa. / O.W. Houts Gym – Landmark Conference Final – 7:00 p.m.