Merchant Marine vs. Stevens
Kings Point, NY - O'Hara Hall (1,211)
Setting the Scene... The USMMA men's basketball team plays just its third home game of the season Tuesday night as Stevens comes to O'Hara Hall. The Mariners are coming off of back-to-back losses at the NYU Holiday Classic against Kenyon and Clarkson. The Ducks have won four straight, including two Empire 8 victories to open their league slate.
Series History... Merchant Marine owns a 32-11 advantage in the all-time series against Stevens. However, the Ducks entered last year's meeting ranked 24th in the country and claimed a 66-56 decision. In that game, both Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) and Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) recorded a double-double.
Home Sweet Home... The Mariners are a perfect 2-0 at home this season as they enter a three game home stand. USMMA is averaging 90.5 points per game inside O'Hara Hall in victories over Maritime (NY) and Potsdam St. Merchant Marine posted a 6-4 record in Kings Point, NY in the 2012-13 campaign.
Balanced Attack... All 10 Merchant Marine players who saw action Friday night against Kenyon totaled at least two points and two rebounds. Sergio recorded 14 points and seven rebounds while Zach Karczewski (Austin, TX) posted eight points and nine rebounds. Scott Dennin (Gilbertsville, PA) also reached double figures with 11 points.
Statistical Ranking... Merchant Marine currently leads the Landmark Conference with a rebounding margin of +7.9 per game. That also ranks USMMA in the top-30 in NCAA Division III. The Mariners also top the Landmark stats in blocks and total rebounds per game.
Landmark Conference Notebook... Catholic, Goucher, and Juniata are the three remaining unbeaten teams in the league, all sitting at 1-0. Juniata is 10-2 overall on the year and received votes in the latest national poll. Scranton is also 10-2 but is 1-1 in Landmark play after suffering a defeat at the hands of Merchant Marine.
Scouting the Ducks... Stevens will be playing just its second road game of the season and lost its only other away contest at Rutgers-Newark. Matt Skrelja paces the Ducks offense with 14.9 points per game while Andrew Meszaros is pulling down 7.0 rebounds per game.
Up Next... USMMA returns to Landmark Conference action next time out Saturday against Catholic at 2:00 pm.