Rangers, Royals In Early-Season Landmark Showdown Tuesday Evening At The Long Center

The Royals return home for the first time in nearly a month when they host Drew University in an early-season Landmark Conference showdown Tuesday evening at the Long Center.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm.
The Royals return home for the first time in nearly a month when they host Drew University in an early-season Landmark Conference showdown Tuesday evening at the Long Center. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.
Brendan Boken Justin Klingman
Kevin Doolan Ross Danzig

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team will play its first home game in nearly a month this Tuesday, January 6, when the Royals host Drew University at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Center.  The two teams are currently tied with Catholic University for the top spot in the Landmark Conference.  

Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3.00 for non-Scranton students (ages 8-17) and senior citizens (ages 61 and older).  All children, 7 and under accompanied by adult, will be admitted free, as well as all Scranton students, faculty, and staff.

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 will be available at the following web address:  http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150106_v80y.xml.  Fans can also follow the video feed at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/

The Rangers, now 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference, feature the most explosive offense in the conference, pouring in an average of 81.2 points per game.  Junior guard Mike Klinger leads Drew in scoring at 19.7 points per game, followed by Kevin Herring II (14.6), Ozan Yucetepe (12.1), Jason Huelbig (10.5), and Kevin-Michael Miller (10.3).  

The Royals will be playing their fifth game in 10 days, and just three days after holding off Wilkes University, 75-73, Saturday at King’s College to share the Cross County Challenge title with backyard neighbor Marywood University for the second straight year.  Junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) was named the Challenge’s most valuable player (MVP) after scoring a season-high tying 24 points in Friday night’s 86-83 win in overtime against King’s and 21 against Wilkes—including the 1000th of his career.  In his last seven games, Boken is averaging 19.9 points while shooting 69.3 percent from the field (52 of 75).

Boken isn’t the only one with a hot hand for the Royals.  Senior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) is averaging 13.5 points per game while making nearly 62 percent of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc (32 of 52).  He is currently the NCAA Division III career leader among active players in 3-point field goal percentage with an all-time mark of 55.7 percent (113 of 203).  Joining him in the back court will be freshman Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge), who has scored in double figures in four of his last five games to raise his scoring average to 8.9 points per game, fourth-best on the team.

Senior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy-NJ), like Boken, also reached a personal milestone recently when he scored his 1500th career point in the Royals’ 64-61 win over Hanover College (Indiana) on Monday, December 29, at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas.  He needs three points tomorrow to move ahead of Brian O’Donnell (1532 points, 2001-2005) for 15th-place on the Royals’ all-time scoring list.
    
Following Tuesday’s game, the Royals will return to action on Thursday, January 8, in a rematch of the 2014 Landmark Conference championship game when they take on Susquehanna University at Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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