Royals Use Defense To Slip Past Gettysburg, 63-54

Sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna had 15 points as the Royals knocked off Gettysburg on Wednesday night.
Sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna had 15 points as the Royals knocked off Gettysburg on Wednesday night.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's basketball team held Gettysburg to a single point over a span of 6:39 late in the game to pull out a 63-54 victory over the Bullets at Bream Gym on Wednesday night.

Scranton (4-8) trailed 50-46 with 6:45 to play, but limited Gettysburg (3-8) to just one point until there were six seconds left in the game when the Bullets hit a meaningless 3-pointer to get the final margin to single digits. Before that triple, the Royals had gone on a 17-1 game-changing run.

The Royals held Gettysburg to 0-for-6 from the field and forced three turnovers during the decisive stretch. The Bullets also missed three free throws while Scranton went 4-for-9 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line to take control.

Sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) led Scranton with a game-high 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) continued his hot shooting with three 3-pointers en route to 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. And sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added 15 points in the victory.

Scranton shot just 39.2 percent (20-for-51) from the field, but was outstanding at the line, making 19 of 23 (82.6 percent). The Royals also made 4 of 18 from the free throw line and won the battle of the boards, 32-29. Scranton committed 14 turnovers and had a 24-19 edge in bench points.

Gettysburg was led by Cameron Stewart, who had 17 points and five rebounds. The Bullets shot 47.8 percent (22-for-46), including just 6 of 23 (26.1 percent) from 3-point range. They also made just 4 of 10 at the free throw line and committed 18 turnovers.

The Royals will now move into Landmark Conference play for the remainder of the regular season, beginning with a matchup against Elizabethtown on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Long Center.