Despite posting a nearly perfect conference record this season, the men’s basketball team dropped a 90-72 decision to Susquehanna on Saturday, Feb. 10, as they celebrated their senior day, honoring Kieran Sullivan (‘18), Yonathan Napoleon (‘18) and Blaine Taylor (‘18). During his last home game as a Ranger, Sullivan made sure his career would not be forgotten, as he quickly made a jump shot to give Drew an early start. Susquehanna was quick to answer back, making seven of their 10 shots, giving themselves a 16-5 advantage less than five minutes into the competition.
Not to be deterred, Riley Collins (‘20) and Darius Reiter (‘19) opened a 13-3 run that lowered the deficit to four. Despite the impressive run, the River Hawks were able to take a 55-33 advantage into halftime; their offensive power was clear as they shot 80 percent from the three point range in the first half.
Entering the second half, Napoleon sank a trey before Susquehanna went on a 17-7 run, widening the gap to 74-47 in their favor. The Rangers were able to close some of the gap before the game ended, finishing with a score of 90-72.
Nate Aldrich (‘19) added his 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and two rebounds, and he added two blocks to his stats as well. Collins added 13 points, with Napoleon adding another 10 to the tally.
The Rangers lost their season long hold on first place this Wednesday at the current conference leader, Moravian College. Despite both Napoleon and Collins scoring over 20 points each, the rest of the team was not up to the task with only Aldrich having registered more than 10 points. This lack of scoring led the Rangers to their third straight conference loss subsequently losing the right to host this year’s Landmark Playoffs.
The Rangers play their last game of the regular season in Pennsylvania against third place Juniata. With the playoff picture basically set the Rangers are hoping for two things to occur. First, that they snap their three game skid and get back on track before shipping back out to Moravian College for the Landmark Conference Playoffs. Second, that Catholic wins its final game and secures the fourth spot and in doing so keeps Scranton, the only Landmark team to be undefeated against the Rangers, out of the tournament.
Despite their recent skid this Rangers team has given us much to cheer about here at Drew. This writer, along with the student body, hopes that Coach Keckler and his crew can right the ship and give us here at Drew a taste of March Madness.