Late 3-Pointers Lift Royals Past King's, 85-79, on Saturday

Senior Mitch Cross hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 to play on Saturday. He finished with 14 points, matching his career high.
Senior Mitch Cross hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 to play on Saturday. He finished with 14 points, matching his career high.

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The University of Scranton men's basketball team hit a trio of 3-pointers in the last three minutes, including the go-ahead triple by senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) with 1:07 to play, to rally past King's, 85-79, on Saturday afternoon in the Cross-County Challenge in the Long Center.

Senior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) made the first two of the three decisive long-range shots as the Royals turned a seven-point deficit with 7:51 to play into their second win of the season. Danzig finished the afternoon with a game-high 28 points while going 8-for-17 from 3-point range. The 17 attempts were a single-season program record, and his eight made 3-pointers were one shy of matching his own single-game school record, set in a 94-73 victory at Cabrini on Feb. 20, 2016.

Scranton (2-2) trailed for most of the game, but used a 7-0 run to draw even at 72-all when senior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) scored on a floater in the lane with 4:26 to play.

King's (2-2) scored a minute later to retake the lead at 74-72, but Danzig buried his seventh 3-pointer of the day. After the Monarchs scored inside, Doolan fed Danzig for another 3-pointer and a 78-76 lead with 1:40 to play. But King's answered again with a 3-pointer of its own for a one-point lead with 1:29 left.

The Royals then set up their offense and Cross eventually found himself open, and when senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) kicked the ball out to Cross on the left wing, he buried the 3-pointer for an 81-79 lead with 1:07 left. After Danzig came up with a defensive rebound, Schankweiler scored on an offensive rebound for a four-point lead with 14 seconds left. The Royals followed that with another quick stop, a defensive rebound and a layup just before the horn to seal the victory.

Schankweiler finished with his second straight double-double, scoring 19 points and added 12 rebounds. Cross matched his career-high with 14 points, and sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added 12 points and four assists.

Doolan had an outstanding game running the Royals' offense, setting a career high with 11 assists while committing just one turnovers. He also had four rebounds and three steals.

Scranton finished the day 34-for-66 (51.5 percent) from the field, including 12-for-35 (34.3 percent) from 3-point range. The 35 attempts match a team single-game record, set in a 71-62 win against Ursinus on Nov. 14, 2015, in the Long Center. The Royals made five of 10 free throw attempts and won the battle on the boards, 36-31. They committed 13 turnovers.

King's shot 48.4 percent (31-for-64) from the field, including 9-for-26 (34.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Monarchs were a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and committed just 12 turnovers.

The Royals will take on Wilkes on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the second and final day of the Cross-County Challenge in the Long Center. Action begins at 1 p.m. when King's takes on Marywood, which defeated Wilkes, 74-64, in Saturday's first game.