Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - Tyler Hoagland had a game-high 18 points to lead the Susquehanna University River Hawks to a 62-58 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the opening round of the FNCB Monarch Men's Basketball Tournament at King's College's McGrane Gymnasium this evening. Trinity loses for the first time in four games and will play in the consolation game tomorrow at 1 p.m. Susquehanna, ranked No. 23 in the nation, improves to 6-1 with its sixth win in a row and will play in the championship game tomorrow.
Trinity took its final lead in a back-and-forth game at 52-50 with 6:09 remaining on a layup by sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.), but Susquehanna scored eight unanswered points to go ahead, 58-52, with 2:42 left on a three-pointer by Steven Weidlich. The Bantams scored six of seven points down the stretch and trailed, 59-58, after a layup by junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) with 32 seconds remaining but Hoagland made three late free throws and Trinity did not get another shot off until the final seconds.
Trinity trailed for the entire first half but tied the game at 33-33 on back-to-back treys by senior co-captain center Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.). A layup by Neal moments later gave the Bantams their first lead at 35-33 three minutes after the break, but the River Hawks answered with a 7-0 spurt over the next 2:10. The game remained tight until Susquehanna's late run put it away.
Arthur led Trinity in scoring with 10 points off the bench, after missing the Bantam win against Springfield on Wednesday with an injury, while Ogundeko had seven points and 10 rebounds, and Gendron finished with nine points and five boards. Ryan Traub had 17 points and five rebounds for the River Hawks, which shot 29 free throws to just four for the Bantams.