BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Jan. 14, 2017) – Senior Matt Miller (Augusta, Ga.) drained a jumper at the top of the key with 2.1 seconds left to lift the USMMA men's basketball team to a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Skyline opponent St. Joseph's-Brooklyn, 65-63, on Saturday at the Bears' Hill Center. The victory improves the Mariners' record to 5-10 (2-5 Skyline), while St. Joe's falls to 4-10 (1-5 Skyline).
The Mariners held the Bears without a field goal for the final eight-plus minutes of the game. St. Joseph's had a game-high 18-point lead, 57-39, with 9:49 on the clock in the second half before Merchant Marine finished the final nine-plus minutes on a 26-4 run, only allowing just one jumper at 8:09 and four free throws to the Bears.
Miller had 11 points during that stretch, while junior Robbie Kennedy (Spring Lake, N.J.) and classmate Christian Wittendorf (Granger, Ind.) contributed seven and six points, respectively to help the Mariners erase the large deficit.
Miller finished with a game-high 24 points – 14 of which came in the second half. Freshman Connor Green (Flower Mound, Texas) added 13, Wittendorf ended the night with 12 and Kennedy with nine. Miller and Green both brought down a game-high eight rebounds apiece, while senior Hunter Jones (Goodyear, Ariz.) tallied seven boards.
For the Bears, junior Alec Willis led the way with 17 points and freshman Stephane Etheart chipped in with 11 off the bench to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Christian Giles led all players in the game with five assists.
Up next, USMMA hosts Skyline opponent St. Joseph's of Long Island this coming Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Basketball Schedule Page.
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Mariners Erase 18-Point Deficit To Earn Dramatic 65-63 Victory At St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn