Bethlehem, PA – The Merchant Marine men's basketball dropped the second game of back-to-back conference outings Sunday afternoon, 72-57, at Moravian. Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) led the offense with 16 points while sophomore Scott Dennin (Gilbertsville, PA) grabbed nine rebounds. However, USMMA shot just 28.6 percent (20-70) from the field compared to over 40 percent for the Greyhounds.
Merchant Marine (4-4, 1-2 Landmark) found itself in a defensive battle in the first half and trailed the home side 23-15 at the 2:38 mark. George Hatzioannides (Oakland Gardens, NY) caught fire for the Mariners, scoring seven straight points to make it a one-point affair. The sophomore guard finished with 10 points while the Greyhounds took a 25-22 advantage into halftime.
Moravian (4-5, 1-1 Landmark) engineered an 11-2 run early in the second period to open up a 42-30 cushion. Izel Dickerson paced all scorers with 20 points while Blake English notched a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Greyhounds were efficient at the free throw line, hitting 19-of-23 for 82.6 percent.
USMMA was outrebounded 26-16 in the second half and was only 2-of-12 from three-point range. The Mariners also suffered a draught of over five minutes without a field goal as the lead reached as many as 21 points. Freshman Matthew Miller (Augusta, GA) tallied all 12 of his points in the second half.
The 72-57 loss snaps the Mariners two game win streak in which both victories came in overtime. The USMMA men's basketball team returns to action for the last time before the new year, December 18 for a home game against Potsdam St.