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Men's Basketball Drops 68-65 Heartbreaker to Lycoming in Final Seconds

© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Lycoming hit an off balance three-pointer from the corner with 0.4 seconds left and The University of Scranton men's basketball team (8-1) dropped a 68-65 heartbreaker to the Warriors (7-4) at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan on Monday afternoon.

The three by DeAundre Manuel came after Mo Terry hit one of two from the free throw line to tie the game at 65 apiece. Scranton had taken a 65-64 lead in the final 25 seconds following a pair of free throws by graduate student Jackson Danzig* (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights).

This marked the first meeting between the programs since a 70-59 Scranton victory on Nov. 16, 2008.

In the first half, the Royals held a 19-13 lead with 9:58 remaining after three-pointers from both Danzig and senior Stephen Braunstein* (Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy). From there, Lycoming responded with a 13-6 run over the next three plus minutes to take a 26-25 lead at the 6:20 mark. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch in the opening stanza and the Warriors took a slight 35-32 edge into the locker room.

After freshman Matthew Hanley (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) opened the second half scoring with a jumper, Lycoming's Dyson Harward ignited a brief 8-2 spurt which resulted in a 43-36 Warriors lead with 16:31 remaining. However, the Royals immediately fought back and Danzig scored six straight points, the final two of which tied the game at 46 apiece for the time being. After a Lycoming three opened up a 51-48 advantage, freshman Jon Spatola (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) connected on a jumper to fuel a 9-0 run for Scranton and junior Tahaj Parland (Neptune, N.J./Mater Dei) capped things off with a jumper for a 57-51 lead with 6:02 to play. The back and forth theme then continued as the Warriors grabbed a 64-61 lead before Parland hit a layup and Danzig sank the afore-mentioned free throws for the brief 65-64 edge.

Braunstein led all scorers with 20 points, while Danzig added 18 and Parland had 10 on 5-of-9 shooting. Making his first career start for the Royals, Hanley contributed eight points and nine rebounds (seven offensive).

Danzig also came through with nine rebounds and four steals on the day.

Isaiah Valentine came off the bench to lead Lycoming with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Harward with 15 and Manuel with 13.

Scranton shot 40.7% (24-of-59) from the field, 27.3% (3-of-11) from deep and 60.9% (14-of-23) from the charity stripe in the contest. For the Warriors, they shot 45.0% (27-of-60) from the floor and 38.5% (10-of-26) from beyond the arc.

The Royals will wrap up action at the Puerto Rico Classico on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. against Washington & Lee.

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