Junior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) of The University of Scranton men's basketball team had two outstanding performances last week as the Royals split a pair of Landmark Conference games. As a result, he has been named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for the third time this season.
Mancuso averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 2.0 steals in Scranton's 1-1 week. The junior forward shot 52.6 percent from the field and went 88.5 percent from the free throw line on the week.
In an 87-76 setback to Susquehanna on Wednesday, Mancuso scored 18 points, going 5-of-8 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. He also tied a career-high with seven assists and pulled down six rebounds while blocking to shots and adding one steal.
Mancuso followed that performance up with one of his best games of his career, posting game-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds as Scranton defeated Juniata, 64-59, for the 1,500th victory in Royals' history. He made 15-of-16 free throw attempts, tying for the 11th most free throws made in a game in program history and making the most for Scranton since 2007.
Mancuso, whose 14 rebounds set a new career-high, also blocked two shots and collected two steals while dishing out one assist in the milestone win over the Eagles.
For the season, Mancuso is averaging 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He also sports a 54.8 field goal percentage and is shooting at an 81.3 percent clip from the free throw line while leading the Landmark Conference with 27 blocks to go along with a team-leading 21 steals and 37 assists.
Mancuso was previously named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on November 12 and November 26. He was also tabbed as the National Jesuit Player of the Week on December 11, one day after he was selected as The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
Mancuso and the Royals return home on Wednesday to take on Drew in a Landmark Conference game starting at 7 p.m. in the John Long Center.