Men’s Basketball Gears Up for Landmark Conference Semifinal Showdown at Drew

The University of Scranton men's basketball team will open play in the 2020 Landmark Conference playoffs on Wednesday night at Drew. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The University of Scranton men's basketball team will open play in the 2020 Landmark Conference playoffs on Wednesday night at Drew. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Matthew Mancuso Logan Bailey Kyle DeVerna Jackson Danzig

 

In the Landmark Conference postseason for the 12th time in program history, The University of Scranton men's basketball team begins their quest for an eighth Landmark title on Wednesday night, as they travel to Drew to take on the second-seeded Rangers in the semifinals of the 2020 Landmark Conference Championship. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Madison, N.J.

Fans making the trip east to Drew are reminded that admission will be charged at the door: $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID.

Fans not making the trip are reminded that they can follow all the action live via a video stream or live stats by clicking here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/drew/.

Scranton, who finished the year with an 18-7 overall mark and a 10-4 ledger in the Landmark Conference, will enter the postseason as the number three seed in the field. And, for the second straight season, the Royals will head to Drew for their semifinal match-up. Last year, the Rangers were victorious, 75-69, to advance to their first-ever Landmark championship game.

Leading Scranton all season in the scoring and rebounding column has been senior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who is second in the Landmark Conference in both scoring averaging 17.7 points a game and rebounding at 10.7 rebounds per contest. Scoring in double-figures in all but one game on the year, Mancuso has notched 13 doubles-doubles throughout the course of the year, doing so in three of the final four games Scranton played in the regular season.

Elsewhere, three other players for Scranton are averaging in double-figures for the year.

Junior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) is second in the scoring with a 14.8 points per game average and leads the Landmark Conference in field goal shooting percentage at 59.4 percent. Senior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), meanwhile, is averaging 11.3 points a contest and is on top in the conference in three-point shooting percentage at 42.1 percent, as he has made 51 three's throughout the course of the year.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Scranton is sophomore Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights), who comes in averaging 11.1 points a game while leading the team in assists with 93.

Drew (20-5 overall and 11-3 in the Landmark), meanwhile, enters the playoffs as the number two seed in the field and will host a Landmark Conference playoff game at home for the second straight season.

The Rangers continue to be led by senior guard Riley Collins, who leads the Landmark Conference in scoring averaging 19.5 points a game. Collins has scored in double-figures in all 25 games Drew has played in on the year, reaching the 30-point mark twice.

In the regular season, the visiting team won each contest on the opposing teams' floor.

First, on Jan. 29 in Madison, Mancuso finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead a second half charge by Scranton, as the Royals outscored the Rangers, 41-27, in the final 20 minutes of regulation to take a 69-59 win on the road.

But, last Wednesday in Scranton, Drew was the one who used a second half comeback to take a road victory, 73-70, in the John Long Center. In the win, the Rangers took a late lead thanks to a 21-3 surge, then after the Royals came back to tie, used a made desperation three by Collins in the final minute to take a three-point win, essentially clinching a home playoff game for the Rangers in the process.

The other Landmark Conference semifinal match-up on Wednesday night pits top-seeded Susquehanna (18-7, 11-3 Landmark) vs. fourth-seeded Moravian (14-11, 9-5 Landmark) in Selinsgrove that will also start at 7 p.m. The winners of both semifinal games will then head to Saturday's Landmark Conference championship game, which will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

For more on the 2020 Landmark Conference men's basketball playoffs, click here: https://landmarkconference.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/championships.

For full game notes on Wednesday's night's game between the Royals and the Rangers, click here: https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/files/GameNotes_22520.pdf.

--ROYALS--