A pair of superb performances earned U.S. Merchant Marine Academy sophomore forward Reed Buck Landmark Conference men's basketball player of the week honors on Monday.
Buck came off the bench to score 29 points in an 85-77 non-conference road defeat to archrival Coast Guard Academy last Tuesday. He played only 27 minutes, but Buck connected on 11 of his 18 field-goal attempts and was 4-for-8 from three-point range. He also was 3-for-4 from the foul line and contributed six rebounds.
Given his first start on Saturday, Buck could not match his point total, but his double-overtime heroics were more than enough for the Mariners (3-2) in a thrilling 94-87 home victory over Drew University in the Landmark opener for both teams on Saturday.
Reed scored seven of his team-high 20 points in the second OT. He added eight rebounds.
The Mariners host Stevens Tech at Liebertz Gymnasium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Reed Buck enjoyed a memorable week for the Mariners. Photo by Shawn Antonelli