MADISON, N.J. - A huge first half rally by host Drew gave the Rangers a big halftime lead that The University of Scranton men's basketball team was just not able to come back from the rest of the night, as the Royals dropped a 97-68 decision on the road Friday evening in Landmark Conference action.
Scranton (1-1, 1-1 Landmark) started the game hot, opening an 18-9 lead on Drew (2-0, 2-0 Landmark) five minutes into the contest after a layup by senior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep). The Royals continued to hold the lead over the next few minutes, and after junior Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) knocked down a three with 12:33 to go, the Royals held a 22-15 lead on the Rangers.
But, Drew punched back eventually taking their first lead of the night at 28-27 with eight minutes to go in the first half. Over the next few minutes, the game remained tight between the squads, with the opening frame coming to a head with six minutes to go and the Rangers leading over the Royals, 34-32, after a Danzig lay-in.
Here, Drew began a run that ultimately was too much for Scranton to come back from, as the Rangers ended the period on a 22-4 flurry that gave them a 56-36 lead entering halftime.
Once Drew was able to grab a sizable double-digit lead, Scranton was unable to get much closer throughout the second half, as the Rangers eventually ballooned the lead out to 24 points (78-54) with eight minutes left to coast down the stretch to the big victory.
For the Royals in the defeat, Bailey led the way in the scoring column for the second straight game with 17 points, while Danzig added 10 points and four assists. David Gervase led Drew in the victory, scoring 22 points off the Rangers bench.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team will look to avenge the loss to Drew on Sunday, as the Royals host the Rangers in the John Long Center in Landmark Conference action. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.