WARRIORS SPOIL SECOND-HALF LEAD VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS, FALL TO 5-5 IN CONFERENCE PLAY
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team held a 10-point lead with 6:53 left to play in regulation, but the College of Saint Rose pushed ahead in the final minutes, as the Warriors dropped a 82-78 decision Tuesday night at Hammel Court.
Score: Saint Rose 82 | Merrimack 78
Records: Merrimack (7-8, 5-5) | Saint Rose (9-7, 6-4)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) led the team in scoring for the fifth straight outing, finishing with 28 points on 10-of-23 shooting clip. The New York native also tallied four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Behind him, sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) finished in double figures by means of his 21-point afternoon, as the forward went 7-of-14 from the floor and added seven rebounds. Finally, sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.
Solano opened the first half scoring the Warriors first five points, before Saint Rose tied the Warriors, 5-5, after a trey from Dan Mundweiler with 16:40 remaining in the half. Over the next couple of minutes, both teams went back-and-forth and traded leads. With six minutes left in the half, Merrimack extended its lead to four (29-25) after a jumper from Barry.
Merrimack finished 14-of-31 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Eleven of Hammel's 15 points came in the first frame alone, as the sophomore went a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor in the stanza.
But nearly 10 mintues into the second half, the host edged their lead into double-digit range, one that they would maintain through nearly the remainder of regulation until a made basket from Kareem Thomas tied it at 70-70 with 3:31 to play.
The Warriors held a four-point lead with 2:11 to play before St. Rose rallied back to tie the home team at 76-all. The Golden Knights won the battle and finished the game with a 10-2 run to bring the Golden Knights its ninth victory of the season.
Center Dominykas Milka finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds along with five assists for the Golden Knights. Senior guard Kareem Thomas and sophomore forward Tyler Sayre tossed in 13 points apiece, while sophomore guard Chris Dorgler came off the bench to score nine of his 11 points throughout the second period.
A Closer Look
- Saint Rose held a slim edge in rebounding (43-36), and both sides combined for 27 giveaways (16-11 Saint Rose).
- The Warriors posted 22 points off those Golden Knights giveaways, while Saint Rose posted 21 second-chance points.
- Merrimack finished 25-of-60 from the floor, including shooting 30.0 percent from long range and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe.
- The Golden Knights ended the night holding a 24-23 edge in bench points and a 38-31 advantage in the paint.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18th, when they travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on Le Moyne College. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.