Mariners and Crusaders Square-Off Tomorrow Afternoon

Mariners and Crusaders Square-Off Tomorrow Afternoon

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Setting the Scene... The USMMA men's basketball team hosts Susquehanna Saturday afternoon in a crucial Landmark Conference contest.  The Mariners are looking to rebound from back-to-back losses against league opponents, including an 84-78 defeat at the hands of Scranton Wednesday night.  The Crusaders dropped a 63-56 overtime decision to first-place Goucher in their last game.

Series History... The all-time series between USMMA and Susquehanna is currently tied at 6-6 after the Crusaders swept last year's season series.   The Mariners fell in overtime, 73-72, on the road on January 8 before suffering a 68-60 loss at home on January 27.  In Susquehanna's overtime triumph Harley Sellinger hit a lay up with two seconds left to lift the Crusaders to the victory.

Bang for your "Buck"...  Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, GA) has found his grove as of late, as the preseason All-American has inflated his scoring average to 19.7 points per game.  Buck exploded for 31 points against Scranton and now ranks first in scoring in the Landmark Conference.  The junior forward has topped 30 points twice this year and reached double digits in 13 of USMMA's 14 games.

Chasing 1,000... In just his third season at USMMA Reed Buck is pursuing the elite 1,000 point club.  Buck currently stands at 905 points in a Mariner uniform, just 95 points short of the 1,000 milestone.

Power "Sergio"... Junior Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) posted a season high 17 points along with 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year in the Mariners loss against Scranton.  Sergio currently leads Merchant Marine with 6.6 rebounds per game despite averaging only 22.8 minutes.

Power Game... The Mariners continue to top the Landmark Conference rankings in both rebounds and blocks per game.  USMMA pulls down 41.3 rebounds per game as well as rejecting 5.0 shots per game.  Merchant Marine also clocks in at 32nd in the NCAA rankings in rebounding margin, holding an average edge of 7.1 rebounds per game.

Up Next... USMMA will travel to Stevens to take on the Ducks in a non-conference tilt this Tuesday.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.