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Bailey, Danzig help Royals to strong start

Logan Bailey and Jackson Danzig established themselves quickly in their first season with the University of Scranton men’s basketball team.

The two JB Hoops alums and all-state high school players from rival District 2 programs again showed they will be prominent in the Royals’ plans when the team opened its season Saturday night.

Bailey led the team in scoring, Danzig joined him in double figures and both made other contributions when Scranton defeated Stevenson University, 67-54, at the John Long Center.

The two players, who started every game of Scranton’s 20-6 season a year ago, played the most minutes on the team Saturday.

Bailey scored 16 points, made a team-high 5 steals, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. He was 8-for-14 from the floor, missing his only 3-point attempt, in a team-high 36 minutes.

Danzig had 13 points, a team-high 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot in 35 minutes. He was 5-for-12 from the floor, 1-for-5 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the line.

After missing the 2017-18 season to rehab his knee following reconstructive surgery, Bailey came back strong a year ago.

Bailey was named Mid-Atlantic Region and Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year as well as first-team Landmark all-star.

The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore guard hit 58.3 percent from the floor as a freshman while averaging 16.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. He also made 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers and 69.4 percent of his free throws while scoring at least 20 points seven times, including a high of 35 against Moravian.

Danzig, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, led the Royals in assists (4.3 per game) and 3-pointers made (40) last season. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 47.4 percent on field goals, 35.4 on 3-pointers and 72.5 on free throws.

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