Coach Carl Danzig’s University of Scranton men’s basketball team continues to climb in the national rankings.
On Tuesday, the Royals moved up three spots in the D3hoops.com’s Top-25 poll, from 21st place to 18th after winning its third straight game last Saturday, December 6, a 61-48 victory over Juniata College in Landmark Conference action at the Long Center. It was also the 250th victory in Danzig’s 14th season as head coach.
In addition, senior Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) is now ranked among the top shooters in the country. In the latest NCAA Division III statistical rankings, Klingman is second in 3-point field goal percentage (.633), trailing only D’Ondre Stockman of Marymount (Va., .731).
And while Klingman continues to light it up beyond the 3-point arc, the Royals’ 5-1 start can be attributed mainly to their commitment to defense. Scranton has held five opponents to 54-or-fewer points and is now third in scoring defense in the latest NCAA rankings, allowing just 54 points a game. The Royals are also holding their opponents to 37 percent shooting from the field, which is 28th in this week’s national rankings.
Scranton will return to action this Sunday, December 14, against the Merchant Marine Academy as part of a Landmark Conference doubleheader (Lady Royals vs. USMMA at 2 pm) at the Long Center. The men’s game will tip-off at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3.00 for non-Scranton students (8-17) and senior citizens (61 and older). All children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free, as well as all University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff. Both games will also be carried live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at www.wusrfm.com.