Men’s Basketball Hunts for Eighth Landmark Conference Title Saturday at Top-Seeded Susquehanna

The men's basketball team heads to Susquehanna on Saturday for the 2020 Landmark Conference championship game, as the Royals look to take their eighth Landmark title in program history. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The men's basketball team heads to Susquehanna on Saturday for the 2020 Landmark Conference championship game, as the Royals look to take their eighth Landmark title in program history. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Logan Bailey Matthew Mancuso Jackson Danzig

 

After a thrilling win over Drew on Wednesday night in the semifinals, the third-seeded University of Scranton men's basketball team will be in search of their eighth Landmark Conference Championship on Saturday night at 7 p.m., as the Royals head to Selinsgrove to take on top-seeded Susquehanna.

The River Hawks, meanwhile, will be in search of their first Landmark title since joining the conference in 2007-08 and host the title game for the first time in program history Saturday.

Fans making the trip to Selinsgrove 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 by clicking here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/susquehanna/. If they'd like to listen to the radio broadcast, Dean Corwin will be making the trip to Selinsgrove and will have the play-by-play call on WUSR 99.5 FM in Scranton. If you want to listen to the radio broadcast live online, click here: http://wusrstreaming.scranton.edu:8080/live.mp3.

Scranton, 19-7 overall, will look to win their 25 all-time conference title on Saturday night, as head coach Carl Danzig looks to capture his 10th conference crown in his 19th season as the leader of the Royals' program.

The Royals punched their ticket to the Landmark Conference title bout with a 93-81 win at second-seeded Drew on Wednesday night, as the offensive output by Scranton was their best ever in a conference playoff game in program history (Scranton finished the game shooting 57.1 percent from the floor).

Leading the way for Scranton in the victory was junior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) who scored a season-high 31 points, to go along with six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Bailey's performance was one for the record book, as it put the junior in a tie for fifth all-time in program history for most points in a conference playoff game.

Susquehanna, meanwhile, absolutely rolled past fourth-seeded Moravian in their semifinal match-up on Wednesday night in Selinsgrove, taking a 76-43 victory. In the big win, Lukas Yurasits led the Riverhawks, finishing with a game-high 22 points, as the River Hawks never trailed in the victory.

For the season, senior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) continues to lead the Royals in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (10.7), as he posted his 14th double-double of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday night at Drew with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Susquehanna, meanwhile, is led in the scoring column for the year by Yurasits, who is averaging 13 points a contest for the River Hawks, as Susquehanna leads the Landmark Conference in scoring average at 79 points per game.

Facing off in the Landmark Conference title game for the third time ever (Scranton was victorious over Susquehanna in 2009 and 2014), the teams split their regular season series with the home team winning both contests.

First, on Jan. 22 in Selinsgrove, the River Hawks gutted out a 75-73 victory over the Royals. In the win, Matt LaCorte and Zachary Knecht combined for 47 points with LaCorte dropping 26.

But, in the return match-up in Scranton on Feb. 5, the Royals came back in the second half to force overtime, then captured a thrilling 66-62 victory over the River Hawks in the John Long Center without the services of Bailey, who sat the game out with an illness. Leading Scranton in the victory was sophomore Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights), who had 16 big points, nailing a trio of three-pointers in the second half to rally the Royals.

The winner of Saturday's Landmark Conference championship game will earn the conference's automatic bid into the 2020 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship, which begins at campus sites across the country on Friday, Mar. 6.

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 Saturday night's game between the Royals and the River Hawks, click here: https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/files/GameNotes_22920.pdf

--ROYALS--