Men's Basketball To Tip Off 100th Season In Program History On Friday

Men's Basketball To Tip Off 100th Season In Program History On Friday

The University of Scranton men's basketball program has a long and storied history that includes two national championships, 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, 23 conference championships and 10 All-Americans.

When the Royals tip off the 2016-17 season by hosting the Hilton Scranton Invitational on Friday and Saturday in the Long Center, they'll add to that colorful tradition by beginning the 100th season of men's basketball at The University of Scranton.

The Royals will host Sarah Lawrence on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Center. The first game of the night features Bard against Penn State-Abington at 5:30. Saturday's third-place game tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the championship game at 4. Admission each day is $5 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3 for seniors (61 and older) and children (8-17). Kids 7 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. All fans who attend Friday night's season opener will receive a free water bottle, courtesy of Geisinger, after the Royals' game.

The first game in Royals history came way back in 1916-17 when the University was known as St. Thomas College and the team was called the Tommies. The team went 7-8 that season, playing a mix of local high schools and colleges.

The basketball program has competed in every season since then, except for one -- the men's basketball program was suspended during the 1943-44 season due to World War II.

As part of the celebration of the Royals' 100th season, the athletics department will highlight the team's history online, on social media and at games. Plans include a gallery of photos submitted by fans, a "Through the Years" look at the program, fan voting for an all-century team, and a look at the all-time records.

To submit your favorite photos of University of Scranton men's basketball, please e-mail the photos to athletics@scranton.edu along with as much information as possible about the photo. The best fan-submitted photos will be featured on the athletics website.

To join the celebration of the 100th season of men's basketball, visit http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/100th_Season_Celebration.

--ROYALS--