Merchant Marine Upsets #9 Scranton, 67-54
Scranton, PA – The USMMA men's basketball team got several standout performances as the Mariners knocked off previously unbeaten #9 Scranton on the road Sunday afternoon. Freshman Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) put up season highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double. Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, GA) poured in a game high 22 points while Frankie Wiseley (Emmaus, PA) added eight points, eight rebounds, and five steals.
Scranton (6-1, 1-1 Landmark) was limited to 24.1% shooting in the opening 20 minutes as the two teams played neck-and-neck in the first half with USMMA taking a three point lead into the intermission. The Royals were led by the performance of Ross Danzig, who tallied 14 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. However, Scranton struggled from the field throughout the game, shooting 26.3% from the floor and 13.8% (4-29) from three-point range.
Merchant Marine (4-3, 1-2 Landmark) broke the game open with a 10-0 run over 3:09, giving USMMA a 38-30 advantage. The outburst included three-pointers from both Buck and Wiseley as the Mariners made all four of their trifectas in the second half. Merchant Marine held off a Royals comeback as the home team would never get closer than nine points down the stretch.
Scott Dennin (Gilbertsville, PA) had a strong game off the bench for USMMA as the freshman pulled in 10 rebounds to go along with six points in just 21 minutes of action. Merchant Marine dominated the glass throughout the game, outrebounding Scranton 46-36.
The victory snaps Scranton's 14-home game winning streak and is the Royals first conference loss at home since USMMA knocked them off, 74-70, on February 10, 2008. Scranton's 26.3% shooting percentage was its worst in Carl Danzig's 12-year tenure as head coach.
Merchant Marine returns to the hardwood next Sunday for a non-conference tilt against Vaughn inside O'Hara Hall. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 pm.