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February 21, 2014

Win & They're In! USMMA Takes On Susquehanna Tomorrow on Senior Day

Game 25
Merchant Marine vs. Susquehanna
February 22, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Kings Point, NY - O'Hara Hall 

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

Setting the Scene...
The Merchant Marine men's basketball team plays its regular season finale Saturday afernoon inside O'Hara Hall.  The clash will be the focal point of the conclusion of the 2014 Landmark Conference playoff race.  USMMA has won six-of-eight coming into the meeting but fell at Drew on Wednesday night, 77-63.  The Crusaders have secured a berth in the Landmark Conference Tournament and can be the second, third, or fourth seed depending on Saturday's results.

Series History...
Merchant Marine holds an 8-5 advantage over Susquehanna in the all-time series between the two programs.  The Crusaders defeated the Mariners earlier in 2013-14 with a 79-64 decision in Selinsgrove, PA.  However, USMMA faced a similar playoff scenario last season and knocked off Susquehanna, 79-73 to secure a berth in the 2013 Landmark Conference Tournament.

Win & They're In (or Get Help)... 
USMMA can control its own playoff destiny and enter the regular season finale in sole possession of the fourth seed at 6-7.  However, four other teams sit perched at 5-8, leaving a multitude of tie-break scenarios should the Mariners lose on Saturday. 

USMMA Clinches #3 Seed with a win.

USMMA Clinches #4 Seed with loss AND wins by all:
Moravian, Juniata, & Scranton
Catholic, Juniata, & Goucher
Catholic, Scranton, & Juniata
Catholic, Scranton, & Drew

USMMA Eliminated with Loss AND wins by all:
Moravian, Juniata, & Goucher
Moravian, Drew, & Goucher
Moravian, Drew, & Scranton
Catholic, Drew, & Goucher

Senior Day... 
Merchant Marine will honor its two graduating seniors, Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) and Zach Karczewski (Austin, TX) before tip-off on Saturday.  Sergio leads the team this season with 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while Karczewski is averaging 13.3 points per game and is the Mariners top defensive player.

Scouting the Crusaders... 
Brandon Hedley leads the Susquehanna offense and ranks fifth in the Landmark Conference with 16.7 points per game. Harley Sellinger is the circuit's top rebounder, pulling-in 10.0 rebounds per game this season.