Royal Review: January 30-February 5

Royal Review: January 30-February 5

Men's Basketball (16-5, 8-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team continued its winning ways with two victories to remain in a tie for first place in the Landmark Conference with four games remaining.

The Royals opened the week with a 69-61 win at Moravian on Wednesday, a key victory against a team they had lost to two weeks earlier. Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had 23 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) finished with 13 points and junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) added 12.

On Saturday, Scranton won its fifth straight by holding off Juniata, 64-61, on the road. Junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) had a team-high 16 points while drilling four 3-pointers, and Vitkus added 13 points.

The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when they host Drew in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

Women's Basketball (18-3, 7-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's basketball team – ranked 14th in the Top 25 and 12th in the WBCA Coaches' Top 25 polls – spilt a pair of Landmark Conference games on the week, falling to Moravian on Wednesday night (87-83), then bouncing back to knock off Juniata on Saturday (76-62).

Against Moravian, a late run by the Greyhounds was too much for Scranton to come back from with under a minute left, as the Greyhounds snuck out of the John Long Center with a four-point victory. Senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) delivered a big night for Scranton, scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

Fellow senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) also posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the year.

Against Juniata on Saturday, the Lady Royals bounced back as they blew open a close contest in the fourth quarter, outscoring the host Eagles 20-7 in the frame to post a 76-62 victory on the road.

Payonk led the way, scoring a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. She pulled down her 1,000th career rebound, joining Judy Moye (1975-79) as the only student-athletes in program history to hit the 1,000 career rebounds mark.

Meanwhile, Roman posted another double-double in the win, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds. It marked the eighth time on the year that she had posted a double-double, and was the eighth time she scored at least 20 points in a game.

Sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added 12 points to go along with four assists in the win.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team continues a four-game road trip on Wednesday, as the Lady Royals head to Drew for a Landmark Conference match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Wrestling (15-3)

The University of Scranton wrestling team faced some stiff competition on Sunday at the Wilkes University Duals in the Marts Center and came away with a 1-2 record on the day.

The Royals opened the event with a 26-12 loss to Wilkes before bouncing back for a 33-11 win over West Virginia Tech. But the Royals fell behind early in their last match of the day and ultimately lost, 27-20, to Rochester Institute of Technology.

The win over West Virginia Tech was the team's 15th of the season, extending its single-season school record. In that victory, Scranton received pins from freshman Nicholas Ciaccia (Freehold, N.J./Howell) at 141 pounds, sophomore Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 184 pounds, and senior Salvatore Montuori (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) at 285.

The Royals also picked up decisions from senior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) at 157, junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) at 174 and freshman Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 197. Evans' victory was the 118th of his career, moving him within seven of tying the program's all-time career record.

Montuori finished the day 3-0 with two pins and is now 25-9 on the season with nine pins. Connelly also went 3-0 with a pin and is 23-9 with four pins for the season.

The Royals will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they travel to Brockport, N.Y. to take on 15th-ranked Brockport State at noon in their final event before the NCAA Regionals on Feb. 25-26 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Men's basketball – vs. Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Drew (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 11
Wrestling – at Brockport (12 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Catholic (2 p.m.)
Men's basketball – at Catholic (4 p.m.) 



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