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Men's Hoops Breaks Single Game Three Point Record as Royals Roll Past Penn State Harrisburg, 83-57

Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography
Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography

SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's basketball team (8-0) broke the single-game three point record with 16 threes and rolled to an 83-57 victory over the Penn State Harrisburg Lions (4-4) in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at the John Long Center in Scranton.

The Royals were a staggering 16-of-25 (64.0%) from three-point range on the afternoon, surpassing the previous program record of 15 three-pointers that had been set on two occasions with the most recent game coming on Feb. 4, 2004 at Lycoming.

Graduate student guard Jackson Danzig* (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) hit seven of Scranton's 16 three-pointers, the most in a game by one player since his older brother, Ethan, buried seven versus Drew on Jan. 24, 2018.

After Danzig hit his first three just over a minute into the game to make it 5-2, the Royals led for the final 38 plus minutes. A jumper from senior Stephen Braunstein* (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) at the 17:02 mark of the first half ignited a 10-0 run and freshman EJ Matthews-Spratley (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) capped things off with a three-point play that made it 15-4. The Lions did manage to cut the lead to eight at 18-10 before consecutive threes by Danzig and Braunstein stretched the lead back to double digits and Danzig later scored 13 straight points for the hosts who took a commanding 42-24 lead into the locker room.

The second half proved to be more of the same as the Royals began the half on an 8-0 run and Braunstein connected from long range for a 50-24 lead with 18:00 to play. Scranton continued to play strong defense as well as they limited the Lions to just eight points over the first 10 minutes of the half and cruised to an eighth straight victory.

The 8-0 start is the program's best since winning 12 straight to open the 2018-19 campaign.

Saturday also marks the third straight game and fifth time this season that the Royals have held an opponent under 60 points.

Danzig hit his seven threes en route to a season-high 29 points, his most in a game since scoring 34 in a win over Elizabethtown on Jan. 22, 2022. Joining him in double figures was Braunstein with 16 points (4-of-6 3PT), while the trio of sophomores Cameron Khoza (State College, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) and Will McLoughlin (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) along with freshman Jon Spatola (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) added six points apiece.

Nate Curry led Penn State Harrisburg with 18 points in the setback.

The Royals were 30-of-57 (52.0%) from the floor and the afore-mentioned 16-of-25 (64.0%) from beyond the arc. Head coach Carl Danzig's team held the Lions to a 37.5% clip (24-of-64) from the field and 2-of-19 (10.5%) from deep.

Offensively, the Royals tallied 20 assists on those 30 made field goals as the trio of Danzig, Spatola and junior Tahaj Parland (Neptune, N.J./Mater Dei) added five apiece.

Scranton also held a 37-32 advantage on the glass behind seven rebounds apiece by Braunstein and McLoughlin.

McLoughlin recorded a career-high five blocks on the afternoon.

The Royals will return to action on Monday, Dec. 19 against Lycoming at 12 p.m. as part of the Puerto Rico Classico in San Juan.

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