November 26, 2013

Men's Basketball Edged by Saint Anselm, 79-72

WARRIORS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT GAME TO THE HAWKS TUESDAY NIGHT

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Highlighted by double-double performances from senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.), the Merrimack College men's basketball team dropped its second straight game to Saint Anselm, 79-72, on Tuesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.  

The Basics
Score:
Saint Anselm 79 | Merrimack 72
Records: Merrimack (4-2, 2-2)| Saint Anselm (4-2, 3-1)
Location: Stoutenburgh Gymnasium | Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened

Sophomore guard Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) led all players with a 19 point performance, finishing 8-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. Fellow classmate Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) tallied 13 points and four assists. Barry finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Regan posted 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Merrimack opened up the scoring with a deep 3-pointer from Hammel. Saint Anselm answered right back with a 3-pointer jumper from Roy Mabrey. The Warriors managed to take an early 12-8 lead after a made three from Barry. It wasn't long until Saint Anselm took control of the half and extended its lead to 10 (27-17) with 8:08 left to play in the first.

The Navy and Gold managed to cut the Hawks lead to four (34-30) with 4:47 left in the first after a made layup from Kevin Regan. For the next couple of minutes, both teams were unable to score until Hammel broke the silence making all three of his free throws after a Saint Anselm foul.  The Warriors finished the half on a 6-4 run and took a one point lead (39-38) after a tip-in from Regan at the buzzard.

The Warriors finished shooting 42.9 percent (15-of-35) from the field, as well as shooting 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the free throw line. Saint Anselm managed to go 14-of-31 from the field (45.2 percent), while shooting 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line.

In the first two minutes of the second half, both teams went back-and-forth trading baskets. With Merrimack leading 43-42, Saint Anselm stepped up and retook the lead 48-43. For the remainder of the half, both teams traded leads until Saint Anselm took a 61-55 with 8:56 left to play in the half.

The Warriors managed to go on a 5-0 run to bring the score to 70-62 with 3:44 left to play in regulation. Unfortunately, Merrimack was unable to regain a solid lead and suffer its second loss of the season.

Saint Anselm finished the night shooting 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the field and went 19-of-24 from the line. The Hawks ended the night with 23 of their 79 points off the bench.

Merrimack shot 41 percent (30-of-73) from the field and went 7 of 12 from the line. The Warriors recorded 36 points in the paint, while Saint Anselm posted 26 points.

A Closer Look

  • Five Saint Anselm players finished in double figures, while Mike McCahery posted a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds. 
  • During the game, there were 13 lead changes and Saint Anselm held the largest lead at 13.
  • Sophomore JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) posted a team-high five assists.
  • Both teams finished with a block each.

What They Said

"We didn't execute in the areas where we needed to, and against a team with that type of talent," said head coach Bert Hammel. "Fortunately for us, we have a few days to recover and work on the areas that we need to work on."

Notable Notes

  • Merrimack head coach Bert Hammel is just 10 wins shy of joining the  500-win club. Hammel has a career record of 490-452.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to play host to the Falcons of Bentley University in a Northeast-10 showdown at Hammel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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