SWARTHMORE, Pa. - After winning its first two encounters, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy dropped its first men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season, a 64-51 loss to Haverford College at the 20th annual Equinox Classic on Saturday.
The Merchant Marines (1-2), who won their first game of the tournament on Friday, a 75-68 victory over host Swarthmore at Tarble Pavilion on Friday night, was led by sophomore subsitute Reed Buck's 10 points. Guard Zach Karczewski added nine points and forward Patrick Farrell and forward Nick Sergio added eight points apiece.
Haverford (1-2), which lost to the Coast Guard Academy in the tournament opener, 73-71, was paced by Brett Cohen, who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Mariners junior guard uard Frank Wiseley, who finished with four points, was named to the all-tournament team. Also selected were Haverford senior Ian Goldberg, Swarthmore junior Will Gates and Coast Guard junior Greg Marshall and freshman David Anderson.
The Merchant Marines found themselves trailing at halftime, 36-28 as they made 11 of their 14 turnovers.
They came within two points by hittinging the first three baskets of the second half as they held the Fords scoreless for the opening four minutes until Brett Cohen sank a free throw. The Mariners moved without 37-36, but junior Cam Baker banked home a shot and Cohen added a layup to take a 41-38 lead.
Kings Point trailed for most of the game.
The Mariners are off until Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they visit archrival Coast Guard at 6 p.m.
Photo by Shawn Antonelli