Danzig Leads 2nd-Half Surge As Royals Pull Away To Defeat Elizabethtown, 65-43, Saturday At The Long Center

Justin Klingman (2nd from left), Michael Fee (center) and Ross Danzig (2nd from right) were honored as part of Senior Day festivities at the Long Center prior to today's game against Elizabethtown.  Also on hand were asst. coach Joe Michalich (left) and head coach Carl Danzig (right).
Justin Klingman (2nd from left), Michael Fee (center) and Ross Danzig (2nd from right) were honored as part of Senior Day festivities at the Long Center prior to today's game against Elizabethtown. Also on hand were asst. coach Joe Michalich (left) and head coach Carl Danzig (right).
Ross Danzig Brendan Boken Michael Fee Marcus Thomas

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SCRANTON, Pa.—Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy-NJ) made sure Senior Day didn’t turn out to be a disappointment Saturday afternoon at the Long Center.

He scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as The University of Scranton pulled away down the stretch to defeat Elizabethtown College, 65-43, in Landmark Conference action.

Junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) added 14 points and nine rebounds as the Royals won their third straight game to improve to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in conference play.  Scranton, which held a commanding 42-16 advantage in points in the paint, out-scored the Blue Jays 20-9 over the final seven minutes of play.

Senior forward/center Lee Eckert (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) led Elizabethtown, now 8-11 overall and 6-5 in the Landmark, with 13 points and seven rebounds and senior guard/forward Evan Hathaway (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) came off the bench and chipped in eight points.

The Royals were a bit sluggish in the first half, yet still managed to build up a 28-20 lead despite shooting less than 41 percent from the field, including a 1-for-9 effort from beyond the 3-point arc.

Scranton eventually built up a double-digit lead with 10:17 left on a lay-up by Boken and a 3-pointer by junior guard/forward Marcus Thomas (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg) with the shot-clock winding down extended the lead to 15, 52-37, with 4:48 remaining, a basket that turned the game completely in the Royals’ favor.  Thomas finished with six points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block in 29 minutes of action.

Danzig, who finished with nine rebounds, four assists, and a steal, offset Scranton’s early perimeter shooting problems by getting to the basket numerous times off the dribble.   His 19 points today moved him ahead of Mickey Banas (1649 points, 1980-1984) into tenth place on the Royals’ all-time scoring list with 1655 points. He is now only seven shy of passing Ed Kazakavich (1661 points, 1956-1959) for ninth place.

The Royals shot 50 percent from the field in the second half to finish nearly 45 percent from the game, but were only 3 of 16 (18.8 percent) from the 3-point arc.  Elizabethtown also struggled finding the range, shooting only 32.7 percent from the field, including just 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) from the 3-point arc.

Senior guard Michael Fee (Richboro, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) joined Danzig and fellow senior Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) in the starting lineup and finished with two points and a rebound, while Klingman had six points and six rebounds.

Scranton, which will play four of its final six regular-season games on the road, travels to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this Wednesday, February 4, to take on Moravian College at Johnston Hall.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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