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January 2, 2014

USMMA Opens 2014 at NYU Holiday Classic Tomorrow Night

Games 10 & 11
Merchant Marine vs. Kenyon
January 3, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Merchant Marine vs. Clarkson
January 4, 2014 - 5:00 PM 

Complete Game Notes (PDF) | 2013-14 Game Notes Archive  |  2013-14 Men's Basketball Media Guide

Setting the Scene...
The USMMA men's basketball team takes the court for the first time in 2014 at the NYU Holiday Classic with match-ups against Kenyon and Clarkson.  The Mariners have won three of their last four games, most recently defeating Potsdam St., 98-91.  Kenyon has won four straight entering the weekend while Clarkson is the winner of back-to-back games as they come to New York.

Series History...
Merchant Marine will be playing its first-ever game against Kenyon on Friday night.  The Mariners are 1-1all-time against Clarkson with both meetings occurring in the 1950's.

Ending the Year with a Bang... 
USMMA posted a season high 51.6 shooting percentage in a 98-91 triumph over Potsdam St. that closed out the 2013 calendar year.  Merchant Marine had five players reach double figures as Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds.

"Hatz" Off...
  George Hatzioannides (Oakland Gardens, NY) posted a fourth straight double digit points performance against Potsdam St. and also established a career high with nine assists.  That game served as the sophomore's first start of the year as he completes his comeback to playing shape after returning from sea.

Landmark Conference Notebook...
  Catholic, Goucher, and Juniata are the three remaining unbeaten teams in the league, all sitting at 1-0.  Only Drew and Susquehanna are winless while the Mariners are the only team to have played more than two games. 

Scouting the Lords... 
Kenyon is paced by the 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game of Ikenna Nwadibia.  Brian Lebowitz has been a force in the middle with 15.4 points and 1.2 blocks per game.  The Lords are just 1-2 away from home this season while shooting 44.5 percent from the field en route to their 5-4 overall record.

Scouting the Golden Knights... 
Four players are averaging double digits in points for Clarkson as John Coleman leads the way with 19.3 points per game.  The Golden Knights have been even with its opposition on the glass in 2013-14, grabbing and surrendering 33.7 rebounds per game.  Clarkson is shooting over 40 percent from three-point range this year.

Up Next... 
USMMA returns home for a non-conference clash against Stevens on January 7.