New Haven Hands Men's Basketball 83-53 Setback Thursday Night

Photo Credits: Jim Stankiewicz

WARRIORS DROP TO 6-5 OVERALL AFTER A TOUGH LOSS TO THE CHARGERS THURSDAY AT HAMMEL COURT

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team could not withhold the visiting New Haven Chargers, as the Warriors fell, 83-53, in non-conference action on Thursday night at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Score:
New Haven 83, Merrimack 53
Records: Merrimack (6-5, 4-4) | New Haven (7-2, 4-1)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Three players reached double figures for the home side, led by sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.), who paced the Warriors with a 13-point, five assist performance on a 6-of-26 clip from the field. Fellow classmates Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) and Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) also hit double-digits with 10 and 11 points, respectively.

New Haven opened the game by reeling off five straight points on a game-opening jumper from Exum followed by a 3-pointer from Adkins, as the visitors slowly but surely built their early advantage to double-figures, taking a 10-point lead (16-6) on a good layup from Adkins at the 14:01 minute mark.

But down by 15 with 9:43 left to play in the half, Merrimack clawed back by means of an 8-2 run to cut the Chargers lead to nine (26-17). In the final five minutes of the half, the Chargers took their biggest lead of the half with 25, but Merrimack fought back ending the half on a 7-3 run to bring the score to 45-24.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Merrimack and New Haven traded baskets to bring the score to within 17 (49-32). However, New Haven managed to extend its lead to 28 points (66-38) after a made free throw from Adkins. The Warriors slowly chipped away at the Chargers lead but could not stop the New Haven from taking a 78-46 lead with 4:28 to play.

From there on out, Merrimack could only play catch-up, as the Chargers improved to 7-2 overall, while the Warriors drop to 6-5 overall.

New Haven was bolstered by four double-digit getters, including a game-high 23-point night from starter Jeffrey Adkins, who finished 9-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range. Fellow starter Justin Exum finished with 19 points and five rebounds. Also reaching double figures for the Chargers were starters Eric Anderson (17) and Ashanti DePass (14).

A Closer Look

  • Overall, the Warriors shot 31.8 percent (21-of-66) from the floor, compared to a marginally better 51.7 percent rate (30-of-58) from the visitors.
  • The Chargers went 9-of-19 from long range (47.4 percent) and Merrimack went 6-of-6 (100 percent) from the line.
  • New Haven won the rebounding battle, 43-30, while both sides registered 11 points off of turnovers.
  • The Warriors recorded 19 bench points and 22 points in the paint, while the Chargers posted 34 points in the pain and six bench points.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, when they travel to Oakdale, N.Y. to take on Dowling College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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