|Kyle DeVerna||Jack Brockett|
|Matthew Mancuso||Logan Bailey|
SCRANTON, Pa. - Senior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and sophomore Jack Brockett (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) scored 13 points, apiece, as The University of Scranton men's basketball team gutted out a tough 64-54 win at home over Juniata on Saturday in Landmark Conference play in the John Long Center.
With the win, the Royals moved to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the Landmark Conference, while Juniata fell to 4-13 and 1-5 in the Landmark with the defeat.
To start, the visiting Eagles came out hot, as they opened a 25-14 lead on Scranton in the first 10 minutes of regulation. But, Scranton picked themselves up off the mat over the rest of the period to take control.
After falling behind by 11, Scranton quickly got right back into the game with a 10-3 run to slice the Juniata lead down to 28-24 with 7:17 to go in the period. After a Juniata basket pushed the Eagles' lead to 30-24, Scranton then held the Eagles scoreless over a three-minute span to grab the lead back at 31-30 with 3:44 left in the half after a 7-0 run.
The final three minutes of the first half saw the lead swing back and forth between the squads, which came to a head late with Juniata leading. 36-35. After a Scranton steal, DeVerna beat the first-half buzzer with a made lay-up to give Scranton the lead at intermission, 37-36.
To start the second half, Juniata quickly grabbed the lead back after a 6-0 run out of the locker room in the first two minutes, making it a 42-37 game. After a Scranton timeout, however, the Royals came out and grabbed the lead back at 44-42 after a 7-0 spurt.
Leading 44-43 with 15 minutes left, Scranton proceeded to go on another 7-0 run that put them up for good with 12 minutes left at 51-43. The rally was punctuated by a made lay-in by Brockett.
For the rest of the way, Juniata was unable to get back into the game, as the closest the Eagles came to the lead was three points (51-48), as Scranton kept Juniata at arm's length with strong defense over the final 10 minutes of action.
With four minutes left, a 61-53 lead for Scranton was more than enough to hold, as the Royals coasted down the stretch to collect a 10-point Landmark Conference home win.
Overall, DeVerna and Brockett led the way with their 13-point performances. DeVerna, who now sits at 997 points for his career, also had five rebounds and three assists in the victory, while Brockett came off the bench and had 13 big points. Making a trio of three-pointers, Brockett also four rebounds and two steals in the victory.
Elsewhere, junior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) added 12 points, as did senior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who went into double-figures in scoring for the 16th time in 17 games. Mancuso also had six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks in the victory.
Juniata was led in the defeat by Cameron Keck, who had 13 points.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, as they head to Drew for another big road Landmark Conference match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.