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November 09, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 9

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Crusaders lose dribble in defeat

Freshman guard Luke Cable took full advantage of exhibition minutes in his first game as a Crusader.

Cable finished the game with 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting in 21 minutes of action.

"We competed," Cable said. "Sure, we turned the ball over a lot, but that can be fixed. We didn't play scared as we faced a Division I team, so that is a positive as well."

Susquehanna battled against Binghamton in a competitive game that unfortunately resulted in a loss for the Crusaders. But, as Cable said, facing a Division I team is not easy and Susquehanna felt ready to take them on.

"As a whole, we didn't protect the ball on offense. We had 24 turnovers as a team and that is unacceptable."

Turnovers were the difference for the Crusaders in their first court appearance of the season. Binghamton scored 22 points off of turnovers, compared to 11 points for Susquehanna off of Bearcats miscues.

"We turned the ball over way too much, and we weren't able to run our offense effectively because of that," junior point guard Mike Perillo said.

The Crusaders were within one point, 9-8, three-and-a-half minutes into the game before the Bearcats went on an 11-1 run to push their lead to double-digits.

The Crusaders did not let the Bearcats get too comfortable in the lead, bouncing back with seven unanswered points capped by a three-pointer by Cable to trim the lead to 20-16.

Both teams received positive minutes from their bench as well, with each team scoring 26 points from that part of the roster.

Down 28-23 after the first half, Susquehanna hoped to re-enter the flow of the game and to build on some momentum in a close game.

Susquehanna was able to cut the difference to three points before Binghamton went on a 12-0 run early on in the second half after a series of missed jumpers and turnovers.

Once Binghamton established a large lead early in the second half, Susquehanna couldn't develop enough offense to keep up with Bearcats.

All in all, the Crusaders were able to take away some positives from the exhibition matchup against a difficult opponent on the road.

"We played decent defense," Perillo said. "We still have a lot to improve on, but it's pretty good to hold a D-I team under 70 points."

Leading the pack for the Crusaders was along with Cable, was freshman forward Tre Dean, who scored three points, but also added five rebounds (two of which were offensive).

Senior forward J.T. Wilson added seven points and five rebounds offensively, but his seven turnovers proved costly for the Crusaders.

"We are still working out team rebounding and giving it 110 percent at all times while on the floor," Cable said.

Perillo agreed some aspects of the team's play need to improve before the regular season starts on Nov. 16.

"We have to work out kinks on both sides of the floor," he said.

The Crusaders official season doesn't start for another week, as they will begin their year at home against Penn College as apart of The Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 16.

They plan on using this time off to ensure that better basketball is on their horizon.

"This long break actually benefits us because it gives us more time to fix things before we take the court again," Cable said. "This just gives us more time to get in even better shape so we can make sure that we don't take any plays off."

Perillo agreed.

"We will be using this long break to keep practicing hard and getting better as a team each and every day."

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