January 22, 2010

Two Career-High Scorers Pace Scranton’s 80-62 Victory over CUA in Men’s Basketball

Two Career-High Scorers Pace Scranton’s 80-62 Victory over CUA in Men’s Basketball

1/22/10

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Zach Ashworth was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th career point.

The junior guard added a career-high 29 points Friday night to lead the University of Scranton men’s basketball team to an 80-62 victory over Catholic University at Long Center.

Eli Londo added 21 points and eight blocks – both personal highs – and a game-best 11 rebounds for the Royals, who boosted their record to 9-8 and 3-3 in the Landmark Conference. Playing just their second league home game, they ended a three-game losing streak.

Jason Banzhaf led the Cardinals (12-5, 4-2 Landmark) with 12 points and six boards. R.J. Dixon scored 11 points and had five assists.

Ashworth fueled Scranton’s perimeter game by making 7 of 13 shots, including three 3-pointers. He nailed all 12 of his free throws and collected four rebounds. Matt Swaback and Dan O’Connell scored 10 points apiece.

Both teams attempted 24 3-pointers. The Royals succeeded on nine and CUA six.

Leading 33-24 on a Swaback 3-pointer, the Cards answered with a pair of treys, by George Fountain and Matt Fazzini, to pull CUA within 33-30. Scranton scored the final seven points of the half and took a 40-30 lead into halftime.

Dixon hit two layups and a trey to narrow the Scranton advantage to 44-37 early in the second half. Ashworth scored 11 straight points on three 3-pointers and a pair of foul shots to give the Royals a 61-47 bulge with 9:15 to play. Dixon scored four straight to cut the Scranton lead to eight, but a 10-0 run salted the Royal victory.

Scranton made 51 percent of it field goals (26 of 51) and 90.5 percent of its free throws (19 of 21). The Cardinals were 26 of 72 (36.1 percent) from the field and 4 of 12 (33.3 percent) from the line.

CUA travels to play Moravian on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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