Scranton unleashes 3-point barrage in 79-64 win over CUA
SCRANTON, Pa. - When the 3-pointers start raining, a team can score a bunch of points in a short period of time.
The University of Scranton, trailing for much of the first 28 minutes, unleashed a barrage of treys in a little over four minutes of the second half to down Catholic University, 79-64, at Long Center on Saturday afternoon.
Zach Ashworth, who led the Royals with 22 points, hit a trio of triples in the midst of a back-breaking 24-2 run to essentially seal the victory. Travis Farrell pumped in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Tim Lavell scored a career-high 14 points, and Matt Swaback added 10 for Scranton, which made 59.3 percent of its second-half shots.
The Royals (16-4) improve to 9-2 and remain in first place in the Landmark Conference. The Cardinals (15-7, 6-5) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Jason Banzhaf paced CUA with 21 points and 11 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the year. Chris Kearney equaled his personal high with 16 points and also blocked four shots. R.J. Dixon tallied 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Cards led 48-44 with 13:17 remaining before it all unraveled. Lavelle got it started with a 3-pointer and Ashworth drained one from the top of the key. Following a Scranton steal and layup by Andrew Wynne, Ashworth and Lavelle made back-to-back 3's and Farrell scored a traditional three-pointer to make it 61-48. The Royals punctuated their 19-0 run on a steal and driving layup by Farrell.
Banzhaf ended the drought with a basket underneath before Ashworth hit a triple from NBA range. Farrell concluded the 24-2 blitzkrieg on a goaltending call against Kearney.
The Cardinal defense held Scranton scoreless for nearly seven minutes and turned a 17-12 deficit into a 21-17 advantage with 5:09 to play before the break. CUA took its biggest lead of the half, seven points, when Dixon dropped in a 3-pointer. Lavelle's layup and 3-ball drew the Royals within 33-30 at halftime.
Banzhaf scored the Cards' first four field goals and had 13 first-half points. Dixon had 10.
CUA went back up by seven on two Banzhaf free throws but Scranton responded with a 10-3 run to knot the game at 43.
The Cardinals will host Landmark Conference foe Drew University on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy comes to DuFour Center on Saturday at 4 p.m.
By Chris McManes