Setting the Scene... The USMMA men's basketball team returns to the court Tuesday night for its final home game of the calendar year as they take on the Dickinson Red Devils. The Mariners are coming off of back-to-back wins after a 67-54 triumph over then-#9 Scranton and a blowout victory over Vaughn last time out. The Red Devils enter the game with a 4-1 league record in the Centennial Conference.
Series History... The Red Devils hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Mariners as the two programs meet for just the second time on Tuesday night. Dickinson defeated USMMA, 60-56, in the 2004-05 season.
Williams Breaks Out... Freshman Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) has exploded over the last three games. The rookie forward averaged a double-double over the Mariners' last conference weekend and had a monster performance, 15 points and 13 rebounds, in Merchant Marine's victory over Scranton. Williams was the only USMMA player to reach double figures in the team's rout of Vaughn.
Spreading the Wealth... Head Coach Danny Nee was able to empty his bench against Vaughn as 14 different players cracked the scoreboard. Kenneth Pressey, David Gregory, Chris Jennings, and Kyle Yong all registered season highs.
Get Knocked Down, Get Up Again... Despite having a 5-3 record in 2012-13 the Mariners have not lost consecutive games this season. USMMA has been resilient in contests following a loss. Merchant Marine defeated St. Lawrence at the buzzer, knocked off rival Coast Guard, and downed nationally ranked Scranton to avoid back-to-back defeats.
Efficient and Effective... Williams and Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) rank in the top-five in the Landmark Conference in field goal percentage. Williams is shooting at a 60.3% clip (2nd) while Sergio has drained 59.5% of his attempts (4th) in 2012-13.
Up Next... The Mariners return to the court next week as they head to Florida for the Land of Magic Tournament, hosted by Embry-Riddle.