Royal Review: November 21-27

Junior guard Kevin Doolan earned all-tournament honors in the Cross-County Challenge.
Junior guard Kevin Doolan earned all-tournament honors in the Cross-County Challenge.

Men's Basketball (5-0)

The men's basketball team continued its strong start to the season with three victories last week, including two wins in the Cross-County Challenge.

The Royals opened the week by rallying to defeat Cabrini, 76-75, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the Long Center. Junior guard Chris McCullough (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) hit the game-winning layup with three seconds left to win it. Junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) had a game-high 25 points, all in the first half, and added six rebounds and four assists. Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and junior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) added 14 points off the bench.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, the Royals opened the Cross-County Challenge at Wilkes University with a 79-70 victory over King's. Vitkus led the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had 17 points off the bench. Junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) added 12 points, four assists and three rebounds, and Danzig chipped in with 11 points.

A day later, Scranton improved to 12-0 in the six-year history of the Cross-County Challenge with an 88-70 win over Wilkes. Vitkus finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds en route to earning MVP honors. Danzig and junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) both had 14 points, and Doolan and DeVerna each had 10. Doolan also earned all-tournament honors.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they travel to Geneva, N.Y. to take on Hobart at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball (5-0)

The fifth-ranked University of Scranton women's basketball team went 3-0 on the week, posting three blow-out victories over Cabrini (83-23) on Tuesday, King's (89-52) on Saturday, and Wilkes (81-37) on Sunday.

Against Cabrini, the Lady Royals dominated from the start in a 60-point win, the largest in a game for Scranton since a 95-21 win over Immaculata on Dec. 10, 2004. It also marked the first time since a 63-23 win over Wilkes on Jan. 17, 2006 that the Lady Royals gave up exactly 23 points in a game.

In the victory, freshman guard Mackenzie Yori (Hazleton, Pa./Hazleton Area) scored a game-high 19 points (on 7 of 8 shooting) in the first game of her career inside the John Long Center. Elsewhere, Scranton had just one other player hit double-figures in sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who ended with 16 points, while dishing out seven assists.

Scranton hosted the Cross-County Challenge over the weekend inside the Long Center, and bested both King's and Wilkes in convincing fashion.

Against King's, the Lady Royals knocked down a program-record 15 3-pointers, paced by freshman guard Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), who led all scorers with 22 points, going 6-of-10 from three-point range. With six made 3-pointers in a game, Sheehan put herself into the Scranton record books, tied for sixth all-time in most three-pointers made in a game in school history.

Meanwhile, junior Katie O'Reilly (Montville, N.J./Montville) was just as strong from long range, nailing five triples in a career-high 17-point effort.

In their final game off the week against Wilkes, Mann earned team MVP honors for the Cross-County Challenge after scoring a game-high 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor.

Elsewhere, senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) ended the game with 14 points (on 6 of 8 shooting) and six rebounds, while Yori chipped in with 12 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Lady Royals.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday night, traveling to Neumann for a non-conference match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Men's basketball – at Hobart, 7 p.m.
Women's basketball – at Neumann, 7 p.m.
Wrestling – at East Stroudsburg, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3
Men's basketball – vs. Juniata, 4 p.m.
Women's basketball – vs. Juniata, 2 p.m.
Wrestling – at RIT Invitational, 9 a.m.

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