Scranton’s Mancuso receives multiple weekly honors

Matthew Mancuso
Matthew Mancuso

Senior forward Matthew Mancuso received a series of prestigious honors for his performances in a pair of University of Scranton men’s basketball games last week.

Mancuso picked up four honors in three days after posting his career-highs in both points and rebounds Saturday in a 96-89 win at Cabrini. That came just three days after Mancuso had established a new high game for rebounds.

The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) recognized Mancuso as the Division III National Player of the Week. It is the first time a Royal has been chosen for the award, which is in its sixth season.

Mancuso had 38 points and 22 rebounds against Cabrini. The 38 points was the most since Bill Bessoir scored 40 in a 1984 game against Drew. It was the first time in nearly 27 years, since Matt Cusano in the 1992-93 season, that a Scranton player grabbed that many rebounds in a game.

Earlier in the week, Mancuso shared team scoring honors with 19 points and also grabbed 17 rebounds when Scranton went to Wilkes and delivered a 91-62 pounding to the Colonels, who had been unbeaten.

Mancuso was also chosen National Jesuit Player of the Week, selected to the Team of the Week as one of the top five Division III performers in the nation and named Landmark Conference Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

For the week, Mancuso shot 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) from the floor, 4-for-5 (80.0 percent) from beyond the arc and 19-for-25 (76.0 percent) from the line. In addition to his 57 points and 39 rebounds, he had 7 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots.

The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 20.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 79.5 percent from the line.

Two District 2 graduates again supported Mancuso in leading the team.

Logan Bailey, a redshirt sophomore from Scranton Prep, was 8-for-12 from the floor while scoring 20 points against Cabrini. Jackson Danzig, a sophomore from Abington Heights, was 3-for-6 on 3-pointers while finishing with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Bailey and Danzig each shared team scoring honors with Mancuso against Wilkes with 19 points.

Scranton (4-1) is off until hosting York Wednesday at 7 p.m.


MORE ROYALS: Read all the details from Scranton's impressive win over Wilkes.