Men’s Basketball Cruises Past York, 87-68, to Move to 7-0

Kyle DeVerna scored 14 points in Scranton's win at York (Pa.) on Wednesday night.
Kyle DeVerna scored 14 points in Scranton's win at York (Pa.) on Wednesday night.
Jackson
Danzig
Matthew
Mancuso
Kyle
DeVerna
Logan
Bailey

 

Editor's Note: Corrects final score to 87-68.

Box Score

YORK, Pa. – For the first time since the 1991-92 season, The University of Scranton men's basketball team is undefeated through its first seven games as the Royals posted an impressive, 87-68 non-conference victory at York (Pa.) on Wednesday night. 

The 1991-92 Royals won their first 20 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with a 25-3 record.  This year's squad, which is currently receiving votes in the national top 25 poll, has a long way to go to match those feats, but has already put itself in good company with the program's best start in 27 years.

On Wednesday night, Scranton (7-0) scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and never looking back, never trailing in the win over the Spartans (6-3) as junior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and freshman Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) evenly combining for 40 points. 

Mancuso recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points while tying a career-high with 13 rebounds. He also collected three steals and blocked two shots in the contest while shooting 7-of-10 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Danzig enjoyed his best offensive output of his young career with 20 points and tied for a game-high seven assists. Danzig went 8-of-15 from the floor including a 4-of-8 showing from three-point range.

Junior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and sophomore Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) added 14 points apiece as Scranton shot over 50 percent from the field for the sixth time in its first seven games with a 53.0 effort on the night.

Scranton jumped out to the 11-point advantage just four minutes into Wednesday's contest before York used a 6-0 spurt to pull within five.  The Royals twice pushed their lead back up to 13 points before the Spartans cut their deficit to 39-31, but the visitors scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 46-31 lead into the break.

The Royals maintained a double-figure lead throughout the second half and extended their advantage to as many as 26 points before rounding out their second straight 19-pont victory.

Freshman Ben Bosland (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) had a strong all-around performance off the bench for Scranton, totaling seven points and tying Danzig for the game-high in assists with seven while collecting six rebounds and two steals.

In addition to its 53 percent shooting night, Scranton went 36 percent from three-point range and made 8-of-10 free throw shots.

The Royals held York to just 33.3 percent shooting while holding a 44-38 advantage in rebounding.

Scranton will be idle on Monday, December 17 when it hosts Manhattanville in a non-conference game starting at 3 p.m. in the John Long Center.

--ROYALS--