The exciting 2016-17 run of The University’s men’s basketball team came to an end Saturday when the team lost in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament to Williams College.
Though they lost Saturday 80-53, the first round of the Tournament was a success for the Royals. Overcoming a 19-point deficit, the Royals were able to win the game against State University of New York at Oswego Friday in thrilling overtime fashion.
Though Saturday’s game may not have ended in the Royals’ favor, they completed a truly historic season that will be remembered for years to come. Their 82-77 victory over SUNY Oswego is just one of the memorable games the team completed this season.
With 18:20 left to play in the second half, the Royals were losing 42-23, but then everything started to fall into place and the team was eventually able to tie the score at 70 and force overtime. The Royals capitalized from there on and were able to bring home the thrilling victory.
Both Friday’s and Saturday’s games saw outstanding performances from lone senior John Vitkus, who recorded 41 points and 11 rebounds on the weekend.
Junior Ethan Danzig also recorded his 81st three-pointer of the season, setting the new record for single-season three-pointers.
Junior forward Drew Schankweiler, who racked up 17 points and nine rebounds on the weekend, reflected on the team’s unforgettable journey throughout the season.
“This has been a season that I will never forget. It is tough to describe this season from start to finish and to put it into words. Our team at the end of the season compared to the beginning is so different, and we had to overcome many bumps in the road to reach success.
In the end, all of our hard work paid off when we won the Landmark championship on our home court and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and it was a ton of fun along the way,” Schankweiler said.
The Royals ended their season with a 22-7 record, losing only one home game all season. They look forward to coming back even stronger next season.