Men’s Basketball Falls Short on the Road against AIC, 65-62


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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team picked up its 10th loss of the season, as the Warriors fell to American International, 65-62, in a wild Northeast-10 Conference showdown on Wednesday night at Henry A. Butova Gymnasium.

The Basics
American International 65 | Merrimack 62
Records: Merrimack (7-10, 5-7) | American International (8-10, 5-6)
Henry A. Butova Gymnasium | Springfield, Mass. 

How It Happened

Sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) led all the Warriors with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including four rebounds and two steals. Behind him, junior Ryan Woumn (Lynn, Mass.)  finished with nine points and a steal, while senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied eight points, two assists, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds.

For the home side, two players finished in double digits with Spencer Braithwaite leading the way on 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Behind him, Bobby Harris added 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

Merrimack came out of the gate and took an early 4-3 lead over the host after back-to-back baskets from sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) and sophomore JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.), until the Yellow Jackets took a 7-4 lead with 16:51 remaining. AIC extended its lead to 10 (16-6) after a layup from Jason Perrier.

Merrimack managed to cut the Yellow Jackets lead to within five after a Woumn trey with 9:03 left to play in the first, but AIC went on a 7-3 run to take a 23-14 lead over the Warriors.

With six minutes remaining in the half, Merrimack managed to go on an 11-0 run to bring the score to within one (23-22) after two made free throws from Barry. The Yellow Jackets finished the half on a 4-2 run to bring the score to 30-24 in favor of the home team.

With 10:46 remaining in regulation, Merrimack went on a 4-0 run to cut the Yellow Jackets lead to within four (44-40) after a Tyler Hunt (Oswego, N.Y.) free throw. The Warriors continued to fight back and with 8:57 left in the second the visitors found themselves within four (46-42) points.

Over the next five minutes, Merrimack took its first lead since the first half, 54-53. Both teams battled back and exchanged baskets until Merrimack came within two (62-60) with 51 seconds remaining.  After two made free throws from Regan, Merrimack remained down by two (64-62) but a 3-pointer from Braithwaite put the Yellow Jackets ahead for good, 65-62.

A Closer Look

  • The Warriors ended the game shooting 40.3 percent overall on 25-of-62 shooting, including a 4-of-15 mark from long range. Merrimack did, however finish only 8-of-14 (57.1) from the free throw line, while the Warriors won the rebounding battle, 48-38.
  • Merrimack did commit eight more turnovers (17-9) than AIC, while AIC scored 20 points off the Warrior turnovers.
  • The Warriors bench outscored the Yellow Jackets, 35-18 and posted 12 second chance points.
  • AIC finished 23-of-65 (35.4) overall and 9-of-28 (32.1) from downtown, and finished 10-of-14 (71.4) from the line.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host Adelphi University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.


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