|Michael Fee||Justin Klingman|
Two teams ranked in the top five in the Mid-Atlantic region will
square off this Saturday, February 21, when The University of
Scranton men’s basketball team host Catholic University in
the Landmark Conference regular-season finale at 3:00 p.m. in the
And even though the outcome will not affect either team’s standing in the conference, the game has big implications for both programs.
Riding the crest of a 15-game winning streak, Catholic (21-3 overall/15-0 Landmark) will look to become the first team in the eight-year history of the Landmark Conference to go undefeated in the regular season.
For the Royals (19-5/13-2 conference), a win would give them their second straight 20-win season and a chance to leapfrog Catholic in the Mid-Atlantic rankings. The Cardinals enter Saturday’s game ranked third while the Royals are fifth.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3.00 for students (8-17) and senior citizens (61 and older). All University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free, as well as all children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult.
The game will be carried live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at www.wusrfm.com, with Dean Corwin and Harry Dammer calling all the action. Live stats are available at http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150221_zilx.xml and video at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/
Prior to tip-off, the University will officially inducted former Lady Royal women’s basketball players Katie (Dougherty) Fischer ’04 and current Cabrini College women’s basketball coach Kate (Pierangeli) Pearson ’04; former head men’s and women’s swim coach Tomm Evans; Mark Haley ’81, a starter on the 1980 men’s soccer team that advanced to the championship match of the NCAA tournament; former women’s tennis standout Krissy (Killiany) Dommes ’92; and former women’s soccer player and current Royal head women’s soccer coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ’04 into the athletics department’s Wall of Fame.
Saturday will be the last regular season game for Royal seniors Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights), Michael Fee (Richboro, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory), and Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights). This trio has led Scranton to 85 wins to date, including Landmark Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2012 and 2014.
The doubleheader begins with the Lady Royals (22-2/14-1
conference) hosting Catholic (17-7/11-4) at 1 p.m. The
Cardinals handed Scranton its only conference loss this year on
January 17, 46-42, at the DuFour Center in Washington, D.C.
Both the Royals and Lady Royals will host Landmark Conference semifinal games next Wednesday, February 25, at the Long Center. Start times for the doubleheader have yet to be determined.