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Braunstein, Danzig Help Men's Basketball Roll Past Manhattanville in Hilton Scranton Invitational Championship Game

Braunstein, Danzig Help Men's Basketball Roll Past Manhattanville in Hilton Scranton Invitational Championship Game

SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's basketball team (2-0) started the game with 17 straight points and never looked back en route to an 85-50 victory over the Manhattanville Valiants (2-1) in the championship game of the Hilton Scranton Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the John Long Center.

Senior Stephen Braunstein* (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) averaged 19.0 points per game in the two games on the weekend and earned MVP honors, while graduate student Jackson Danzig* (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team after also averaging 19.0 points in the two contests.

Braunstein opened the scoring with a three on the first possession of the game, which ignited a 17-0 run that was capped off by a three-point play from Danzig with 16:05 left in the first half. Manhattanville battled back to cut the lead to eight at 24-16, but the Royals were able to once again pull away in the later stages of the half and six straight points from Danzig extended the lead to 20 at 44-24 with 1:31 remaining. Scranton then took a 44-26 lead into the locker room.

After the Valiants scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to 14 at 44-30, Danzig and junior Tahaj Parland (Neptune, N.J./Mater Dei) buried back-to-back threes to fuel an 11-0 run that was capped off by freshman Luca Baratta (Richboro, Pa./Perkiomen School) sinking a three of his own to make it 55-30 with 15:20 to play. Scranton cruised to the victory over the final 15 minutes and scored the final seven points en route to the 85-50 win.

Danzig led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting and was joined in double figures by Braunstein who had 17 and sophomore Will McLoughlin (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) who added 16 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Jon Spatola (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) chipped in with six assists and five steals in 24 minutes of action for the Royals.

Jackson Leech and Tommy Lotito paced the Valiants with eight points in the setback.

Head coach Carl Danzig's team shot 56.1% (32-of-57) from the field and 12-of-22 (54.5%) from three-point range, while limiting Manhattanville to a 33.9% (19-of-56) clip from the floor and 28.6% (6-of-21) from beyond the arc.

The Royals held a 34-31 edge in the rebounding battle led by the nine from McLoughlin and four apiece from Danzig and Parland.

Scranton will hit the road to battle local rival Wilkes on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.