SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Host Susquehanna University used a run at the end of the first half to key a 59-46 victory over Shenandoah in the championship game of the Pepsi/Weis Markets Tip-Off Tournament.
Shenandoah (1-1) held its only lead, 23-19, with just over a minute to play in the first but the Crusaders (2-1) had other ideas.
Susquehanna scored the final five points of the first, and then broke things open with an 18-5 run to start the second.
The game was effectively over at this point as the Hornets struggled to an 8 for 35 (22.9 percent) shooting performance in the second half.
The Crusaders eventually expanded their lead out to 20, 52-32, before Shenandoah briefly made things interesting with a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 10 points with 1:41 remaining.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Susquehanna hit five of six free throws in the final 61 seconds to ice the victory.
The Hornets host Mary Washington on Tuesday at 6 in its 2009-10 home opener.