|Logan Bailey||Matthew Mancuso||Jackson Danzig|
|Kyle DeVerna||Brian Monaghan|
SCRANTON - Junior guard Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) led a strong University of Scranton men's basketball offense with 19 points, as the Royals took a big lead with a late first-half rally and never looked back in an eventual 89-69 win over Moravian in Landmark Conference action in the John Long Center on Wednesday night.
With the win (which was Scranton's seventh in their last eight games), the Royals improved to 11-3 overall and remained unbeaten in the Landmark Conference at 3-0. Moravian dropped to 7-7 and 2-1 in the Landmark with the defeat.
To start, it was a back-and-forth game between the Royals and Greyhounds, as Scranton held a slim 32-31 lead on Moravian with four minutes to go in the first half.
But, the Royals ended the period on an absolute tear to effectively distance themselves from Moravian, as Scranton finished the first half on a blistering 15-2 run to open up a 47-33 lead at intermission.
Once the Scranton offense got rolling toward the end of the first half, they never let up the rest of the contest, as they quickly went up 20 points (60-40) five minutes into the second period. That deficit proved to be far, far too much for the visiting Greyhounds to come back from the rest of the contest, as the Royals coasted down the stretch to collect another big victory in the Long Center.
Overall, Bailey led the way once again for Scranton with his 19 point, seven-rebound night. Bailey, who also blocked a pair of shots, continued his hot shooting from the floor in the win, going 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
Elsewhere, senior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) continued his strong season inside with another double-double, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Mancuso, who also had three assists, two blocks, and two steals, posted his third straight double-double in the victory and eighth overall for the year. He also inched closer to the 1,000 career point milestone, as he now sits at 980 points.
Meanwhile, sophomore Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) added 13 points, six assists, and four rebounds, and senior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) chipped in with 11 points and five assists. Rounding out the double-digit scorers on the night for Scranton was junior Brian Monaghan (Florham Park. N.J./Morristown-Beard), who came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points.
But, all night long, the Royals offense was powerful, as they finished the game shooting an impressive 54.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from outside the arc, nailing 11 three's overall in the win. Scranton also cleaned up on the glass in the win, outrebounding Moravian by a wide 46-24 margin.
Moravian was led in the defeat by Matt O'Connor, who scored a game-high 24 points.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Catholic for a Landmark Conference road contest. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.