In four games over a span of seven days, Brendan Boken (South Pasadena,
Calif./Loyola), a junior forward on The University of
Scranton men’s basketball team, averaged nearly 20 points and
six rebounds in leading the Royals to a 3-1 record.
For his efforts, he was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week today, earning his first conference award of the season and the fourth of his career.
Boken, who shot nearly 66 percent from the field (29 of 44) and over 91 percent from the free throw line (21 of 23), also reached a personal milestone on Saturday afternoon in Scranton’s 75-73 win over Wilkes University at the fourth annual Cross County Challenge hosted by King’s College. He scored 21 points, including the 1000th of his career to become only the 42nd player in Royals’ history to reach this milestone. In Friday night’s dramatic 86-83 victory in overtime against King’s College, Boken tied his season-high with 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field and finished with seven rebounds, three steals, and a block.
He opened the period with 18 points, six rebounds, and a block in a 79-74 loss to Husson University (Maine) in the opening round of the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas on Dec. 28, and came back the following day with 16 points, seven rebounds and a steals in a 64-61 win over Hanover College (Indiana).
Boken currently lead the Royals in scoring (18.3), rebounding (5.6), blocks (1.8), and field goal percentage (60.9 percent), and is second in free throw percentage (76.9 percent) and third in assists (1.7).
In the latest Landmark Conference statistical rankings, he is second in scoring, third in field goal percentage, sixth in free throw percentage, and eighth in rebounding.
The Royals, now 9-2 under veteran head coach Carl Danzig, host Drew University in Landmark Conference action this Tuesday, January 6, at the Long Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (18-60) and $3.00 for non-University of Scranton students and children (8-17) and senior citizens (61+). All children, seven and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free, as well as all University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff. Tuesday’s game will be broadcasted live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at www.wusrfm.com. Links for live stats and video are available at the men’s basketball page on the University's web site at athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/index.