|Logan Bailey||Jackson Danzig|
MADISON, N.J. - In their third overtime game in their last four of the year, The University of Scranton men's basketball team came up just short on Saturday in the 2021 Landmark Conference Championship Game at Drew, falling to the host Rangers, 84-78.
With the loss, Scranton finishes off the abbreviated 2021 season with a 7-3 record. With the win, Drew captured their very first Landmark Conference title and moved to 6-1 overall.
To start, Scranton once again came out slow out of the gate, falling behind the Rangers at the half, 34-26. And, despite trailing for the majority of the second half, the Royals never gave up, keeping within distance of the Rangers' lead the entire way.
And, like they have seemingly done the entire season in 2021, Scranton came back with avengence late in the second half.
With 6:57 to go, Scranton trailed, 56-51, which kickstarted a quick 6-0 spurt that gave the Royals their first lead since early in the first half at 57-56 after sophomore Stephen Braunstein (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) made a lay-up with five minutes left.
Over the next four minutes, the lead swung back and forth, with Drew going up 66-64 with 1:55 left. On their next possession, junior Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) tied it up with a lay-up, then after a stop on defense, senior Brian Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made a huge jumper with 28 seconds left to give the Royals a 68-66 lead.
On the next Drew possession, the Royals defense once again came up big and made a stop, forcing Drew to foul junior Jack Brockett (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) with six seconds left after he grabbed a rebound off a Ranger miss.
At the charity stripe, Brockett made one of two free throws to put the Royals up, 69-66. But, on their final possession of regulation, Drew tied the game, as Lybrant Robinson banked in a conested three with two seconds left to send the game to overtime knotted up at 69-69.
The overtime period was similar to the end of regulation until 1:13 left with the game tied at 76-all. On Drew's next possession, the Rangers made a free throw to go up one, then after a stop of the Royals, Robinson made a back-breaking three with 32 seconds left to put Drew up for good at 80-76.
Scranton was unable to score on their next trip down the floor, as Robinson made four straight free throws down the stretch to sink Scranton and clinch the overtime win for the Rangers.
Overall, Danzig led the way for Scranton, finishing with a double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds). The junior also dished out seven assists in the win, a game-high.
Elsewhere, senior Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) had 21 points and five rebounds. With his 21-point effort, Bailey became the 46th player in Scranton program history to score 1,000 career points, as he passed the milestone with a made free throw late in regulation.
Rounding out the top scorers for Scranton were Braunstein, who had 14 points and four assists, and sophomore Ryan Ems (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) who finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
For Drew, Robinson poured in 34 points to earn Landmark Conference Championship MVP honors for the Rangers.