WALTHAM, MA- The Merrimack men's basketball team defeated Felician 87-53 Saturday evening at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic. The win pushes the Warriors overall record to 2-0 while the Golden Falcons sink to 0-2 on the year.
Roland Davis (Deer Park, NY) paced Merrimack with a game-high 21 points and was one assist shy of a double-double as he finished with nine. Aaron Strothers (Wareham, MA) poured in 14 points while Wayne Mack (Paterson, NJ) added 12 in the game. Mike Clifford registered 13 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in the win.
Travonne Berry-Rogers (Lynn, MA), Alex Morsey (Beverly, MA) and Dante Thompson (Coram, NY) each collected their first collegiate points. Berry-Rogers and Thompson each finished with four points while Morsey contributed three by draining his second three-point attempt in the contest.
After the Warriors opened the game with five quick points, Felician leveled the game at 8-8 and claimed their first lead of the night at 10-8 on a layup by Todd Fleming 4:25 into the first half.
An 11-0 run late in the first half gave Merrimack a 33-21 advantage with 2:46 remaining.
Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, PA) banked in a layup just before time expired in the opening frame to extend the Warriors' lead to 17 at the half, 42-25.
Merrimack controlled the game throughout the second half and maintained a double-digit lead. The Warriors' largest gap of the night came with 6:22 left to play in the contest as Adam Marshall (Kent, England) converted a pair of free throws to push the score to 82-40.
Merrimack scored 24 points off of turnovers while Felician finished with six. The Warriors grabbed 34 rebounds and the Golden Falcons corralled 34 in the game.
With 14 steals on the night, Merrimack turned in the highest single-game total since January 30, 2010 when it recorded 15 swipes against New Haven. Mack led the Warriors with five thefts in the contest while Davis added four steals.
"This was a good weekend for us and I think it really set the tone for this team heading into the conference opener," said head coach Bert Hammel. "We played extremely well in the second half and it was because we really picked it up towards the end of the first."
Merrimack opens the 2011-12 Northeast-10 Conference slate Wednesday, November 16 as it hosts Franklin Pierce in the home opener at the newly-named Bert Hammel Court.