Men’s Basketball Upsets Unbeaten #21 Bentley University, 83-70, Wednesday Night


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by a double-double performance from sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.), the Merrimack College men's basketball team delivered the 21st-ranked Bentley University Falcons its first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Hammel Court by a score of 83-70.

The Basics
Merrimack 83 | Bentley 70
Records: Merrimack (5-2, 3-2)| Bentley University (7-1, 4-1)
 Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Three Warriors landed in double figures tonight, as Barry tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow classmates Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) finished the night with 18 points and JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) posted 15 points. Sophomore guard Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) chipped in with 12 points and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Bentley opened the first half on a 6-0 run started by Andrew Shaw but Merrimack battled back and took its first lead of the game, 8-6, with 17:02 left to play in the first. The Warriors continued to hold a five point lead (13-8) with 15:32 on the clock but the Falcons managed to tie the game at 13-all after a made three pointer from Matt Barr. Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) answered right back with a made jumper and Merrimack never looked back.

With 9:11 left on the clock, the Warriors extended their lead to 11 points (30-19) after a shot from long range. The Falcons managed to bring the score to within seven (32-25) but Merrimack continued to run its offense and take a 40-27 lead with two minutes remaining in the half. The Falcons ended the half on a 7-0 run to bring the score to 41-34.

In the first half, Merrimack finished shooting 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field, as well as shooting 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from the free throw line and 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from long range. Bentley managed to go 13-of-33 from the floor, while shooting 80.0 percent (4-of-5) from the line.

In the first two minutes of the second half, Bentley managed to cut the Warriors lead to three after back-to-back free throws from JP Koury. The Falcons continued to rally back and bringing the score to 43-41 with 17:25 left to play in regulation. Merrimack's once double-digit lead was reduced to just three (49-46) with 16:15 to play.  

The Warriors then went on an 11-0 run that started with a pair of free throws from Solano and continued with a three from junior Ryan Woumn (Lynn, Mass.) to bring the score to 60-46. Bentley continued to chip away at the Warriors lead and managed to bring the score within three (64-61) with 5:08 on the clock. Both teams battled back-and-forth and exchanged baskets.

With two minutes left in regulation, Bentley threatened the Warriors after a good layup from Tyler McFarland to bring the score to 70-68 but Merrimack came out on top, ending the game by a score of 83-70.

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack went 28-for-62 (42.4 percent) from the floor, as well as shooting 40 percent (8-of-20) from long range and 18-of-25 (72.0 percent) from the line.
  • Bentley shot 34.8 percent (23-for-66) from the field and shot 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from line
  • Four Falcons posted in double figures, while Tyler McFarland posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Merrimack posted 23 points off of turnovers, while both teams tallied eight points second chance points.

Notable Notes

  • Merrimack head coach Bert Hammel is just nine wins shy of joining the 500-win club. Hammel has a career record of 491-452.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, December 7th, when they welcome the Greyhounds of Assumption College to Hammel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.


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