BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) once again led the way with 24 points, pacing four double-digit scorers for The University of Scranton men's basketball team in a dominant 89-62 victory at Moravian on Tuesday night in Landmark Conference action.
In the victory, Scranton (3-1, 3-1 Landmark) essentially put away Moravian (0-6, 0-6 Landmark) in the first half, as they used sharp shooting and strong defense to open a large halftime lead that the Greyhounds were unable to come back from.
From the opening tap, Scranton never trailed, as they took an early 20-5 lead with 12:12 to go in the first half after senior Brian Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) nailed a three-pointer. The rest of the half saw Scranton dominate play, as Moravian was unable to hit double-digits in the scoring column until there was 9:39 to go in the half (25-11).
After Moravian hit double-digits, however, Scranton went on an 11-0 scoring run that put the Royals up by an insurmountable 25 point advantage at 36-11 with six minutes left in the period. From there, Scranton kept the 20-plus point lead over the Greyhounds into the half, where they took a 46-24 lead into intermission.
The second half saw the Royals continue to keep Moravian at bay on the offensive end, as they quickly went up 32 points (56-24) after a 10-0 run to open the period. It was academic from that point on for Scranton, as they swept the season series with Moravian with a dominant 27-point road victory.
Overall, Bailey led the Royals in scoring for the third time in four games on the year, going over 20-points against Moravian for the second time with his 24-point effort. The senior also had six rebounds and two assists in the win. Elsewhere, sophomore Ryan Ems (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) had his first career double-double, with career-highs in points (13 on 6-of-9 shooting) and rebounds (10).
Fellow sophomore Stephen Braunstein (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) finished with 11 points and Monaghan finished with 10 points, all of which were scored in the first half after not missing a shot from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action.
Overall on the offensive end, the Royals started strong and never let up all night, finishing the game shooting at a 54.1 percent (33-of-61).
It was once again a strong night for the Scranton defense in the victory, as they held Moravian to 31.9 percent shooting and 20 percent shooting from three-point range (6-of-30), as no one in the Greyhounds line-up went into double figures in the scoring column (Alex Dietz led the Greyhounds with nine points).
The University of Scranton men's basketball team returns to action on Friday, hosting Catholic in another Landmark Conference home game in the John Long Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.