USMMA men, women defeated by Scranton

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s basketball team lost its Landmark Conference matchup to the University of Scranton on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 68-56. The Mariners fall to 4-5 (1-3 Landmark) on the season.

Four players scored in double figures for USMMA, as senior David Smith led the way with 12 points, while also recording a team-high seven rebounds. Classmate Preston Padgett  and junior Matt Miller both tallied 11 points and junior George Hatzioannides led all players off the bench with 10 points.

The Mariners return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when they play host to non-conference opponent Hunter College. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. 

In women’s action, Head Coach Gordon Purdie is entering his ninth season at the helm for these Panthers, owning a 95-32 record. Returning seniors Salvatore Tuttle and John English look to lead this squad to a familiar place, atop the Northeast-10 conference and back to the NCAA Division II tournament.

The USMMA women’s basketball team lost to Scranton, 76-42, on Sunday in a Landmark Conference showdown. In defeat, the Mariners’ record falls to 4-4 (0-4 Landmark).

Freshman Miller Torrance had a game-high 18 points off the bench, with all of her points coming from 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore Myckenzie Toler added five points, junior Kelsey Hofmann dished out four assists and sophomore Jenna Wetherington brought down a team-high five rebounds, while classmate Tichina Carmon recorded four blocked shots.

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