Senior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) put together two impressive performances for The University of Scranton men's basketball team this past week in a pair of victories and for his efforts, he was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for the period ending Nov. 24, 2019, on Monday afternoon.
For Mancuso, this marks the fifth time in his career that he has earned Athlete of the Week accolades from the Landmark Conference, as he nabbed the award on four different occasions last year.
The week began for Mancuso on Wednesday in a blowout win for the Royals at Wilkes (91-62), where he finished with 19 points and (at the time) a career-best 19 rebounds for a double-double. Going 6-of-9 from the floor in the win at Wilkes, Mancuso drained two three's and also had three assists, two steals, and two blocks, as well.
But, in a 96-89 win over Cabrini on Saturday, Mancuso put together the best game of his career at Scranton, finishing with a staggering 38 points and 22 rebounds, both of which were career-highs.
Mancuso's 22 total rebound performance was the best for a Royal in a game since Matt Cusano's same total rebounding effort against Catholic on Jan. 6, 1993, as the effort was the 14th best in program history. Meanwhile, the 38 point performance was the 17th best in program history in a game, matching an effort by Joe Stachnik vs. Susquehanna in 1960. The 38 point effort was also the most for a Royal in a single game since a 40-point outburst by Bill Bessoir in 1984 vs. Drew, as well.
For the year, Mancuso is averaging 20.6 points a game and 11.2 rebounds a contest, both of which lead the team on the young season and are second in each category in the Landmark Conference so far on the year.
Mancuso and the rest of the men's basketball team will take the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when they host York (Pa.) in the John Long Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.