NCAA Basketball: Marauders grappling with inexperience

UMary men's basketball is already starting at a disadvantage this year.

"We're losing a lot," said senior Michael Gorder. "We graduated seven. It's a new start, a new, fresh team."

With just two seniors and one starter returning, the Marauders will be on the lookout for consistent scorers from new faces.

"Some of the younger guys stepping up, and then some of the new guys we brought in, Brody [Sharkey] and Keith [Hunter] from JUCO, they're juniors as well so they bring in some upperclassmen college basketball experience," said senior Trevor Zacher. "That's going to help us with scoring as well."

Zacher is that lone returning starter, and he says besides finding scoring options, the team is placing a lot of emphasis on the other side of the ball.

"Mostly we've been doing all defense in the last couple of days. Pack the paint and try not to let anyone get middle on us," Zacher said. 

With a young team, preseason Northern Sun projections have UMary finishing towards the bottom. But the team isn't fazed by that.

"No matter what team in the league, everyone's trying to gel," Zacher said. "This early in the season. Nobody really knows this early."

They're just focusing on getting everyone on the same page.

Said Gorder, "We haven't figured each other out quite yet, but hopefully, we're trying to make the most out of every practice."

UMary's first game of the season is Nov. 13 at home against Jamestown.

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