SCRANTON - Junior Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) scored 20 points to lead the Royals, but it wasn't enough, as The University of Scranton men's basketball team was unable to come back from a halftime deficit to visiting Catholic in an 83-72 defeat in Landmark Conference action Friday night in the John Long Center.
From the opening whistle on Friday night, it was a back and forth affair between the Royals (3-2, 3-2 Landmark) and Cardinals (4-1, 4-1 Landmark), as both teams played at a quick pace throughout the first 20 minutes of action.
To start, Scranton got off to an early lead, opening a 13-7 lead on the Cardinals in the first five minutes. But, in less than two minutes, Catholic tied the game for the first time on the night at 16-16 after a 9-3 run. Scranton quickly took the lead back at 18-16, but Catholic scored five in a row to take a 21-18 lead with 12:10 left in the first half.
With 11:58 left, Scranton made a three to tie the game up at 21-all, which unfortunately for Scranton was the final time the game was tied the rest of the night. Over the next two minutes, Catholic went on an 8-0 run to go up 29-21, and proceeded to keep the lead for the rest of the night.
Scranton, however, kept it close over the next few minutes and trailed 38-35 with 4:44 to go in the half. But, Catholic ended the first half on an absolute tear, finishing on a 16-6 run to open up a 54-41 lead on the Royals entering halftime.
The 13-point deficit proved to be too much for Scranton to come back from the rest of the night, as Catholic opened their biggest lead of the night with 14:25 left at 65-47.
Scranton was able to slice the Cardinal lead to nine points on two separate occasions, but that was the closest the Royals came to the Catholic lead the rest of the way, as the Cardinals went on to take an 11-point road win.
Overall, Danzig led the Royals in scoring for the second time in three games with his 20-point evening. Danzig, who made four three's in the win, also had six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Elsewhere, sophomore Stephen Braunstein (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) scored a career-high 19 points, while senior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) had 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists to round out the top performers for Scranton.
Catholic, meanwhile, was led by Colby Martins, who had 23 points, as the Cardinals ended the night shooting 50 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from three-point range.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team will look to bounce back at Catholic on Sunday, as the two teams face off again, this time in Washington, D.C. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.