|Brendan Boken||Ross Danzig|
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team will wrap up its first round of play in the Landmark Conference this Wednesday, January 21, when the Royals host Moravian College at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Center.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3.00 for senior citizens (ages 61 and older) and students (ages 8-17). All children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free, as well as all University of Scranton students, faculty and staff. Live stats are available at athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150121_xdne.xml and a video feed can be found at portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/
Junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) and senior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy-NJ) continue to climb the Royal scoring ladder. Boken poured in a game-high 20 points in last Saturday’s 71-65 loss at Catholic University to move into 31st place with 1097, while Danzig’s is now six points shy of surpassing Chuck Nanick (1607 points, 1993-1997) for 12th place after tossing in 14 points against Catholic.
Boken is also ranked among the NCAA Division III leaders in field goal percentage accuracy, connecting on 62.2 percent of his shot attempts, which is now 19th in the most recent listings. If he maintains his current pace, it will be the third highest field goal percentage in a single season in Royal history, trailing just Bryant Thornwell (64.8 percent, 1978-1979) and three-time All-American Irv Johnson (62.5 percent, 1975-1976).
Regardless, the Royals number one focus Wednesday will be to get back on the winning track after dropping back-to-back games to Ithaca, 88-80 in overtime, and Catholic to fall to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Scranton is in second place in the Landmark, one game behind Catholic.
And while Moravian has certainly struggled this year, the Greyhounds (3-12 overall/1-5 Landmark) are coming off a two-game winning streak, having downed Goucher College, 69-66, last Wednesday, and Penn St.-Lehigh Valley, 78-76 in overtime, Sunday.
Sophomore forward Brandon McGuire has been a bright spot for Moravian. He leads the Landmark Conference in all three rebounding categories—offensive (3.3 per game), defensive (6.3 per game, and rebounds per game (9.6)—is third in scoring (17.1), fourth in field goal percentage (.573), and ninth in blocks (0.7).
After the Moravian game, the Royals will take the weekend off and return to action the following Wednesday, January 28, against Drew University in Landmark Conference action beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Baldwin Gymnasium in Madison, New Jersey.