Barry's Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Wilmington, 84-71, In Season-Opener

ANTHONY BARRY TALLIED 21 POINTS AND 16 REBOUNDS TO HELP LEAD WARRIORS TO VICTORY FRIDAY NIGHT

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) tallied his first season double-double, 21 points and 16 rebounds, the Merrimack College men's basketball team edged a strong Wilmington University squad, 84-71, in the season-opener in the first round of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic on Friday night at the Dana Center in Waltham, Mass.

The Basics
Score:
Merrimack 84 | Wilmington 71
Records: Merrimack (1-0) |
Wilmington (0-1)
Location:
Dana Center | Waltham, Mass.

How It Happened

After falling behind by an early 6-2 count, the Warriors went on a 19-0 run, highlighted by nine points from Barry during the run.  Merrimack went 8 for 9 from the free throw line during the burst.

But Wilmington then shut down the Warriors and finished the half on a 25-6 finish. Heading into halftime, the Wildcats led, 31-27.

Merrimack opened the second half with a 25-9 run that all but settled the issue.

After struggling from the field in the first half (28 percent - 7 for 25) the Warriors were on fire in the second half, hitting 17 of 27, including 4 of 8 from long range.

Sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) led the second half charge by scoring 14 of his 16 in the final 20.The Warriors were just as efficient at the free throw line, hitting 19 of 22 in the final 20 minutes and 30 for 36 for the game.

Barry scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Merrimack in its 2013-2014 debut.  Sophomore guard Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) also had 21 for Merrimack while Hammel (8 for 8 from the line) had 16 and senior co-captain Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 15.

A Closer Look

  • Both Merrimack and Wilmington tallied 49 fouls (26-23 Wilmington).
  • The Warriors finished shooting 46.2 percent (24-52) from the field and went 6-14 from long range.
  • The Navy and Gold out rebounded the Wildcats, 35-32.
  • Herb Dennis led the Wildcats with a game high 24 points to begin his senior season, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor including 4-of-6 from the foul line.

What They Said

"It was a great win overall and happy with how the team came out and played," said head coach Bert Hammel. "It was intense game and a lot of fouls were called, but we held together and came out with a win."

Up Next
The Warriors will meet Concordia College in the second round of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic, Saturday Nov. 9, at the Dana Center. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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