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Men’s Basketball Drops Hard-Fought Battle at Cortland, 87-82

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse
CORTLAND, NY (January 3, 2023) — The University of Scranton men's basketball team battled hard against a well-rounded Cortland squad but second-chance points proved costly as the Royals fell 87-82 at Whitney T. Corey Gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon.
With the loss, the Royals move to 9-3 on the season as they get set to head into conference play.
Graduate student Jackson Danzig* (Clarks Green, Pa. / Abington Heights) led all scorers with 31 points in the game, including 5-7 from three. Danzig filled the stat sheet defensively as well, adding nine rebounds, four steals and a block.
Freshman guard Jon Spatola (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro) got Scranton going with an early three in the opening minute of action. A three-pointer from sophomore Cameron Khoza (State College, Pa. / Bishop Guilfoyle) put the Royals up six at the 15:32 mark of the opening half. 
Both sides exchanged buckets throughout the remainder of the first half but Scranton held firm to its lead until Cortland hit a last-second three at the buzzer to take a one point lead headed into the break, 40-39.
The Red Dragons held onto their slight lead until the 9:44 mark when a three-pointer from senior Stephen Braunstein* (Colts Neck, NJ / Christian Brothers Academy) tied the game up at 63-63. Following a Cortland three, sophomore Will McLoughlin (Glen Rock, NJ / Glen Rock) converted a tough and-one to tie the game back up at 66-66. 

Danzig hit a clutch three less than a minute later to give Scranton its first lead of the second half. Following a couple buckets from Cortland, the Clarks Green, Pa. native threw down his first dunk of the year on a fast-break to tie the game up at 75-75 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

The Red Dragons pulled ahead in the final three minutes and continued to make their free throws while a few turnovers proved costly for the Royals as they fell short, 87-82.

McLoughlin played well in his first game back from injury, finishing the game with 16 points. Scranton shot 58% from the field and 52% from the three but lost the battle on the glass 36-26. Cortland took advantage of its second chance opportunities with an 18-2 advantage over the Royals.

The men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday when they head to Washington, D.C. for a Landmark Conference showdown against Catholic at 4:00 PM.