Game 16 - January 22, 2014
Merchant Marine vs. Moravian
Kings Point, NY - O'Hara Hall
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Setting the Scene... The USMMA men's basketball kicks off a three-game home stand Wednesday night against the Moravian Greyhounds. The Mariners have dropped five of their last six games, including a 79-64 decision at league rival Susquehanna on Saturday. The Greyhounds have lost three of their last four and over the weekend suffered a 97-56 rout at the hands of first-place Catholic.
Series History... Merchant Marine holds a narrow 8-6 advantage in the all-time series against Moravian. However, the Greyhounds claimed the first meeting this season with a 72-57 verdict in Bethlehem, PA. In that game, Izel Dickerson led all scorers with 20 points while senior Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) anchored USMMA with 16 points.
Padgett Finds His Range... Sophomore Preston Padgett (Leavenworth, KS) has drained at least two trifectas in each of the last four games he has played. In his first two career starts, the sophomore guard also has back-to-back outings scoring at least 12 points. Padgett is shooting 46 percent from the floor in 2013-14, including 45 percent from three-point range.
Block Party... Despite the loss on Saturday USMMA notched six blocks against Susquehanna, adding to its Landmark Conference leading total of 5.9 rejections per game. Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) blocked four shots against the Crusaders and ranks second in the league with 1.8 per game this season.
Landmark Conference Notebook... Catholic is the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Landmark Conference at 4-0. The Cardinals, the defending league champions, are also on a circuit best five-game winning streak. The standings then become packed together as five teams sit tied for second place with a record of 2-2. Moravian and Merchant Marine sit just behind the pack at 2-3 and 1-4, respectively.
Scouting the Greyhounds... Moravian has struggled on the road this season, posting just a 1-6 record away from Bethlehem, PA. Izel Dickerson is the Greyhounds top scorer with 14.5 points per game. However, five different players are averaging double digits in points. Cameron Cullen is the squad's top rebounder with 7.1 per game.
Up Next... USMMA returns to the court Saturday afternoon, in the first game of a double header, for another Landmark Conference contest against Juniata.