Men's Basketball Dominated by Franklin Pierce in 111-80 Setback


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Dropping its first Northeast-10 Conference loss of the season, the Merrimack College men's basketball team could not sustain the red-hot shooting from Franklin Pierce, as the Raven's defeated the Warriors, 111-80, on Saturday afternoon at Hammel Court in North Andover, Mass.

The Basics
Franklin Pierce 111 | Merrimack 80
Merrimack (4-1, 2-1) | Franklin Pierce (6-1, 1-1)
Hammel Court| North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Three Warriors surpassed 10 points, as sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) garnered a team-high 19 points each, while Solano posted four steals and two assists. Senior captain Kevin Regan also contributed 10 points and four rebounds for the Warriors.

Franklin Pierce opened the contest on a 5-0 run started by Ellis Cooper, which forced coach Hammel to take a timeout. The Warriors managed to come together after the break and bring the score to within three (5-2), after a good layup from sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.).  

Midway through the first half, Merrimack was able to battle back within 10 points (30-20) after a layup from sophomore Tyler Hunt (Oswego, N.Y.) before Franklin Pierce went on 23-13 run to bring the score to 53-33 with 3:25 left to play in the first. Franklin Pierce ended the half on a 3-1 run (57-41).

In the first half, Franklin Pierce shot 71 percent (22-for -31) from the field, while Merrimack shot 38.7 percent (12-for-31).

The Ravens opened up the second half on a 9-0 run before settling for a 26-point lead (76-50) as the five-minute mark of the second half. The visitors' shooting only got hotter as the second half progressed and from there on out, the visitors would close out the half outscoring Merrimack by a 54-40 margin.

For the game, Franklin Pierce shot 63.3 percent from the field (38-for-60), which included a 71 percent accuracy in the first half (22-for-31). Merrimack shot 36.1 percent from the field 22-for-61) and 80 percent (28-for-35) from the free throw line.

A Closer Look

  • In the victory, Franklin Pierce tallied five players scoring in double digits, while Donte Gittens posted a team-high 19 points.
  • Merrimack capitalized on the 22 Raven turnovers and tallied 18 points off those turnovers.
  • The Ravens held a 47-21 edge in rebounding and a 22-15 advantage in assists.
  • At the free throw line, Strickland went 12-for-13.

Notable Notes

  • Merrimack head coach Bert Hammel is just 10 wins shy of joining the coaching 500-win club. Hammel has a career record of 490-451.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to face the Hawks of Saint Anselm College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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