WARRIORS DROP SECOND STRIAGHT TO THE DOLPHINS ON THE ROAD SATURDAY AFTERNOON
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team trailed by just nine heading into break, but the host Le Moyne College used a late run to take a 20-point lead that proved to be the difference, as the Warriors fell, 73-52, in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Court.
Score: Le Moyne 73 | Merrimack 52
Records: Merrimack (7-9, 5-6) | Le Moyne (9-7, 6-4)
Location: Ted Grant Court | Syracuse, N.Y.
How It Happened
Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the team in scoring this afternoon with 14 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Sophomore guard JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
The Dolphins were led by Nate Champion, who finished the afternoon with a team-high 24 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. Nate Gause also contributed 20 points to go along with his two rebounds and three assists. Quadere Lovell rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Dolphins with 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Both sides went back and forth in the opening five minutes before Le Moyne took a commanding 12-point lead (25-13) on a Guase trey at the 12 minute mark in the first stanza. With seven minutes to play in the first, Merrimack battled to within 10 (30-20) after two free throws from Strickland.
Over the next couple of minutes, the Warriors went on a 11-2 run to bring the score to within one (32-31) but the Dolphins answered back with an 8-0 run to bring the score to 40-31 heading into break.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Merrimack and Le Moyne traded baskets to bring the score to within 11 (44-33). However, Le Moyne managed to extend its lead to 17 points (57-40) with 12 minutes remaining in regulation. The Warriors slowly chipped away at the Dolphins lead but could not stop the home team from taking a 67-47 lead with 4:50 to play.
From there on out, Merrimack could only play catch-up, as the Dolphins inprove to 9-7 overall, while the Warriors drop to 7-9.
A Closer Look
- The Dolphins finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor, including 38.9 percent from long range and 64 percent from the line. Merrimack shot only 36.7 percent from the field amd only 11 percent from deep.
- Merrimack posted 10 second chance points, while Le Moyne posted 34 points in the paint to Merrimack's 28 points.
- The home team contributed 28 bench points, as well as forced 14 Merrimack turnovers.
- Solano led the Merrimack defense with seven rebounds, while Strickland posted a team-high four assists.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when they travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.