For the second straight game, The University of Scranton men's basketball team used a big second-half run to pull out a victory, this time scoring 10 straight points to take control en route to a 75-68 victory over Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference matchup in the Long Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals (5-8, 1-1 Landmark) trailed by one, 54-53, with 10:54 to play. They responded by scoring the next 10 points over a span of 4:11 to take control. Senior guards Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) both hit 3-pointers during the run and Danzig added a layup for half of the decisive points.
Elizabethtown (3-9, 0-2 Landmark) cut the deficit to four at 69-55 with 33 seconds left, but Scranton hit six straight free throws before the Blue Jays made a 3-pointer at the end to keep the final difference in single digits.
Danzig canned four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal. The 23 points give him 989 for his career, leaving him 11 shy of becoming the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had another strong game with 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal. Sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished with 13 points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
Senior center Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Cross had his third straight game in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.
Scranton finished 26-for-56 (46.4 percent) from the field, including 7-for-26 (26.9 percent) from 3-point range. The Royals were sharp at the free throw line, making 16 of 20 (80 percent). They also won the rebounding battle, 36-28, and committed just 10 turnovers. Scranton enjoyed a 32-24 edge in points in the paint, as well.
Elizabethtown was led by Connor Moffatt, who had 15 points and nine rebounds. Michael Pastore also had 15 points.
The Blue Jays shot 45.8 percent (27-for-59) from the field, including 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range. They shot just three free throws, connecting twice, and committed 13 turnovers.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 10, when they host Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference matchup at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.