Moravian College shot 55.9 percent for the game and used suffocating defense to hand The University of Scranton men's basketball team an 89-64 loss in the Long Center on Wednesday night in a Landmark Conference matchup.
The loss drops the Royals (10-10, 6-3 Landmark) into a four-way tie for second place in the Landmark Conference with five games left. Drew (15-5, 8-1) leads the conference, with Scranton, Moravian (14-6, 6-3), Catholic (12-8, 6-3) and Juniata (17-3, 6-3) all tied for second.
Moravian hit 13 of 26 3-pointers on Wednesday night in the Long Center while forcing the Royals into a season-high 24 turnovers. The Greyhounds also had a 33-11 edge in points off turnovers.
Scranton was led by senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg), who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) and sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) both added 12 points.
The Royals shot 52.3 percent (23-for-44) from the field, including 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) from 3-point range. But the 24 turnovers helped Moravian take 15 more shots from the field. Scranton also made 13 of 15 (86.7 percent) from the line and held a 30-20 edge on the glass.
Moravian was led by Oneil Holder and Nicholas Casazza, who both had 19 points. Elijah Davis finished with 16, Khalil Rhett had 12 and Matt Cardonne added 10.
The Greyhounds were 33-for-59 from the field and 10 of 14 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. They also had 18 steals and committed just 10 turnovers.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 3, when the Royals host Juniata in a Landmark Conference contest at 2 p.m. in the Long Center. Prior to tip-off, the Royals will hold their annual Senior Day ceremony.