By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer
Susquehanna men’s basketball suffered two losses in the Trailways Tipoff Tournament Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18.
In the first game against King’s College, Susquehanna senior center Ryan Traub scored a career- high 33 points with 20 of them coming in the first half. He was also credited with six rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal in Friday’s game. Traub’s previous career high was 26 points in a game late last season against Moravian.
Though Traub didn’t miss a shot until 11 minutes into the second half, it wasn’t quite enough to keep ahead of King’s College.
King’s scored the first points of the game beginning Susquehanna’s fallback. Junior guard Seth Callahan then fought back with two three-pointers for the River Hawks. Which was then followed by another three- pointer by Traub which brought the game to 27-23 with Susquehanna in the lead.
Scoring went back and forth until King’s took back their lead with five points after a three- pointer 9:42 into the game.
King’s ended out the first quar- ter with a 38-33 lead.
In the beginning of the second quarter, Traub brought in some points to bring the Riverhawks close to a tie with a connected layup and a stolen pass along with two free throws. Traub then finished off the first half by tying up the score 46-46 after two baskets.
Susquehanna senior guard Adam Dizbon started the scoring in the second half until the King’s came back with an 8-0 run which lead them to holding their lead the rest of the game.
With 2:44 left King’s was leading by nine points but Susquehanna was able to cut that lead down three times until they couldn’t anymore ending the game with a 93-89 loss for the River Hawks.
Leaders in the game included Callahan with 18 points and freshman guards Matt LaCorte and Bryce Butler both with seven points on the day.
In the consolation game on Saturday, the River Hawks again came up short against Rowan University.
Traub led the team again with 18 points and nine rebounds, but not too far behind, Butler was credited with a total 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals for Susquehanna.
Sophomore center Jacob Walsh scored 13 points and La- Corte scored 10 points along with junior guard Tyler Hoa- gland who scored 10 points and had eight assists.
Rowan started the scoring for the game and continued to keep the lead for the entirety of the game.
Rowan kept up a lead of 12 points in the first half at 33-21. Susquehanna continued to fight and brought the lead down to three points (39-36) after Walsh earned a three-pointer and some free throws and right before the half a layup by Traub brought the score close yet again to 46-43.
In the second half, Rowan was able to regain their larger lead and kept it up to bring a final score of 88-72.
Susquehanna ended the tip-off tournament at 1-2. They then lost to rival Lycoming 89-70.
The team was finally able to rebound this week defeating Misericordia on the road 75-62 Wednesday night.
Walsh led the River Hawks with 16 points while Traub added 15 in the victory.
The River Hawks return to action Saturday at home against Goucher. Game time is 2 p.m.