Men’s Basketball Uses Second-Half Run to Defeat Concordia, 96-86, Saturday Night
GELVIS SOLANO LED MERRIMACK WITH 32 POINTS IN SATURDAY'S VICTORY OVER THE WILDCATS
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WALTHAM, Mass. – Three players recorded double-digits scoring outputs, including a career-best 32 points from sophomore guard Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) and a career-high 24 points from sophomore forward Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.), as the Merrimack College men's basketball team built off a big second half run and never looked back en route to a 96-86 victory over Concordia in the final game of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic on Saturday night at the Dana Center.
Score: Merrimack 96 | Concordia 86
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | Concordia (0-2)
Location: Dana Center | Waltham, Mass.
How It Happened
The Clippers finished the night shooting 47 percent (33-69) from the field, including 15-17 (88 percent) from the line alone. Concordia won the battle down low, holding a 44-36 edge in points in the point, while Merrimack capitalized 13 Concordia giveaways which led to 25 points for the Warriors.
Also posting double-digit points was sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.), who chipped in with a career-high 17 points over the course of the night. Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Barry posted a team-high eight board apiece, while sophomore guard JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) dished out a team-high four assists.
With the game tied at 19-19 early in the first, the Clippers would reel of five uncontested points to take a 24-19 lead with less than 11 minutes to play in the half. With five minutes to play, Merrimack managed to tie the game at 31-all, before Concordia took complete control of the stanza, 51-37.
Both team exchanged baskets throughout the opening minutes of the second stanza before a made layup by Strickland pushed the Warriors to a 14 (60-60) with 12:08 remaining in the match. With the clock winding down, Merrimack's offense held strong and maintained the lead for the rest of the match.
A Closer Look
- Merrimack finished the night 29-63 (46.0 percent) from the field, including shooting 35 percent (5-14) from deep.
- Sophomore JT Strickland and and Ryan Woumn (Lynn, Mass.) chimed in with eight points and seven points respectively.
- Guard Norman Pope led the Wildcats with 34 points and seven assists, while Larry Moore pulled down eight rebounds.
- The Warriors shot 78.6 percent from the line, while Solano went 14-19 over the course of the night.
What They Said
"We came out flat to start the first half, but we managed to find ourselves offensively during the second half", said head coach Bert Hammel. "It's only our second game and of course we are going to hit some bumps on our journey but we just have to use tonight as a teaching experience and get ourselves ready for the start of conference play next week."
Next up, the Warriors open up Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 13, when men's basketball hosts the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire. Tip-off from Hammel Court, is set for 7 p.m.