Men's Basketball Secures Top Seed In Landmark Playoffs With 85-70 Win Over Goucher

Men's Basketball Secures Top Seed In Landmark Playoffs With 85-70 Win Over Goucher
Ethan
Danzig
John
Vitkus
Kevin
Doolan
Drew
Schankweiler


Box score

The University of Scranton men's basketball team took care of business on Saturday, pulling away from Goucher in the second half for an 85-70 victory in the Long Center on Senior Day. The victory gives the Royals the top seed in next week's Landmark Conference playoffs.

Scranton (19-6, 11-3 Landmark) will host fourth-seeded Catholic (17-8, 9-5) in a semifinal on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Long Center. The other semifinal will feature third-seeded Susquehanna (21-4, 10-3) at second-seeded Moravian (18-7, 11-3) at a time to be determined.

Junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) had a game-high 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in the victory. Senior John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) added 21 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and 11th of the season.

The game was nip-and-tuck for the first 15 minutes until the Royals used a 7-0 run late in the first half that eventually led to a 43-36 halftime advantage. Vitkus led the first-half charge with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Scranton then put the game away in the second half with an 8-0 run early and a 21-6 run midway through the half, which led to a 81-57 lead with 5:22 remaining. Danzig scored 18 second-half points on six 3-pointers.

Junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) had another tremendous game at the point for Scranton, matching his career high with nine assists while not committing a single turnover. It was his 13th game this season with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3-to-1 or better, and the fifth time in the last six games and 12th game overall in which he has had one or no turnovers.

Junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) added 10 points in 19 minutes, junior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) had nine points on three 3-pointers, and junior guard Chris McCullough (Harborfields, N.Y./Greenlawn) added eight points.

The Royals shot 51.9 percent (28-for-54) from the field, including 13-for-31 (41.9 percent) from 3-point range. Danzig alone was 8-for-12 from 3-point range, a season high for made 3-pointers and one shy of his school record of nine in a single game. Scranton also made 16 of 24 free throws, including a 9-for-13 performance from Vitkus, who was also 6-for-9 from the field.

Scranton also held a 36-27 rebounding edge and committed 12 turnovers while forcing 14.

Goucher (5-20, 2-12 Landmark) shot 44.2 percent (23-for-52) from the field, including 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Gophers hit 18 of 23 free throws (78.3 percent) and had a 20-12 edge in points off turnovers.

Prior to tip-off, the University honored Vitkus and fellow senior P.J. Kelly (Blue Bell, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) in Senior Day ceremonies. Kelly, who is a student assistant coach this season, was a three-year member of the team who played in 20 games before his career was cut short due to injury.

--ROYALS--