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February 11, 2012

Mariners Top Moravian, 58-46 on "Senior Day"

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The United States Merchant Marine Academy, who honored seniors Kevin Kerr, Denver Effland, and Patrick Farrell before the game, closed out their last home contest of the season with a 58-46 win over Moravian College on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Mariners improve to 6-7 in Landmark Conference play and 11-13 overall while the Moravian College Greyhounds fall to 7-6 in Landmark Conference matchups and 12-12 overall.

First half action saw one tie score and four lead changes as the Mariners kept the game close. While the Greyhounds out-shot the Mariners from the field and from three-point range, the Mariners kept pace by finding success at the free throw line, shooting for 77.8% to the Greyhounds 57.1%. The Greyhounds led the Mariners at the half, 27-25.

While the first half had been back and forth, the second half was all Mariners, as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy quickly tied the game to open the second with a layup from sophomore Nick Sergio. The play of the game came with 9:37 remaining, as the Mariners had built up a nine-point lead over the Greyhounds. Junior Frankie Wiseley stole the ball from Moravian senior Marcus Hardy and broke towards the basket, and perfectly set up sophomore Reed Buck for a dunk to bring the Mariners lead to 11. The Mariners, who closed out the game with a 58-46 victory over the Greyhounds, led by as much as 15 points during the game, and never relinquished the lead for the entire second half.

Nick Sergio led the Mariners in scoring with 18 points on 6-10 shooting and was 6-9 from the foul line. Reed Buck and sophomore Jeffrey Mark added 13 and 10 points respectively. Both were perfect from the free-throw line as Buck was 4-4 and Mark was 6-6. Free-throws proved to be the difference in the game for the Mariners, who out-shot the Greyhounds from the line 81.5% to 57.9%.

Junior Aaron Thieme led the scoring for the Greyhounds with 11 points on 4-6 shooting and was 3-4 from the foul line.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy will hit the road next Saturday as the Mariners visit Drew University for the last game of the regular season.