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January 9, 2014

Mariners Return to Landmark Action Saturday vs. Catholic

Game 13 - January 11, 2014
Merchant Marine vs. Catholic
Kings Point, NY - O'Hara Hall (1,211) 

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 will look to snap a three game skid in its return to Landmark Conference action in a Saturday matinee against Catholic.  Merchant Marine most recently suffered an 81-69 loss at the hands of Stevens on Tuesday night.  Catholic has won back-to-back games entering Saturday's showdown and downed DeSales, 76-63, in its last outing.

Series History...
The Cardinals lead the all-time series against the Mariners, 12-8, and knocked off USMMA three times last season.  Catholic swept the regular season series before eliminating Merchant Marine in the Landmark Conference Tournament semifinals, 65-57.

"Miller" Time... 
Freshman Matthew Miller (Augusta, GA) posted a career high 20 points last time out against Stevens.  The guard shot 8-of-15 from the floor and drained a trio of three-pointers.  Miller is averaging 10.0 points per game in his rookie season and has reached double figures in four of the last five games.

Double-Doubles...
  Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) and Zach Karczewski (Austin, TX) both tallied a double-double versus the Ducks.  Karczewski's 14 points and 11 rebounds were the senior's first double-double of the season.  Sergio's performance was his fourth double-double of the year as the senior is averaging 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Statistical Ranking...
   Merchant Marine currently leads the Landmark Conference with a rebounding margin of +7.3 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 Cardinals... 
Scott Limberiou ranks third in the league with 18.3 points per game and reached 1,000 career points in his last game.  Corey Stanford paces the Cardinals with 6.6 rebounds per game while Catholic is shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range this year.

Up Next... 
USMMA closes out its three-game home stand Tuesday night against Trinity (CT).