Setting the Scene... After a ten-day layoff the USMMA men's basketball team returns to the court Tuesday night for a clash with Maritime (NY). The Mariners are coming off of a third-place finish at the Chuck Resler Invitational after a win over St. Lawrence while the Privateers have opened the season with an 0-3 record.
Series History... Merchant Marine has historically dominated its maritime rival and leads the all-time series against the Privateers, 43-9. Last season USMMA knocked off Maritime (NY) 72-49 behind 29 points from Reed Buck.
Bang for your "Buck"... Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, GA) started the 2012-13 campaign right where he left off last season as the junior earned a spot on the Chuck Resler Invitational All-Tournament Team. Buck poured in 17 points per game and currently ranks fourth in the Landmark Conference in scoring. The league's 2011-12 Player of the Year Reed has already been tabbed a "Top-24" selection by DIII News as well as a preseason All-America Honorable Mention by D3Sports.com.
Frankie Says "Relax"... Senior Frankie Wiseley provided the season's first buzzer beater to seal the Mariners first victory of the year. With the score knotted at 69-69 Wiseley hit a running one-hander from just outside the lane as the horn went off to propel USMMA to a 71-69 win over St. Lawrence.
New Faces in the Crowd... There are nine freshman on the USMMA roster to start the 2012-13 season, the most under third year head coach Danny Nee. Early in the year, three different freshmen have made a start for Merchant Marine.
Road Warriors... The Mariners will play the majority of its games on the road this season, playing 15 games away from Kings Point, NY compared to just ten contests inside O'Hara Hall.
Up Next... Merchant Marine will have its home and conference opener this Saturday as they host Goucher at 4:00 pm.