January 25, 2014

Men’s Basketball Snaps Losing Streak At Hammel Court, Downs Adelphi 66-51

WARRIORS IMPROVE TO 8-10 OVERALL AND 6-7 IN NORTHEAST-10 PLAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team snapped their current three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Adelphi University Panthers by the score of 66-51.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 66 | Adelphi 51
Records: Merrimack (8-10, 6-7) | Adelphi (4-14, 2-10)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

The Warriors were led offensively by sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) who posted a season-high 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished off his impressive afternoon with 13 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line. Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) rounded out the trio of double-digit scorers with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

The Panthers were led offensively by Duane Morgan who finished with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ryan DeNicola also recorded 13 points and team-high 15 rebounds in the losing effort.

Merrimack opened the game on a 5-0 run after back-to-back baskets from Hammel and Regan, but the Panthers battled back to tie the home team at 5 after a 2-pointer from Edward Sullivan. Adelphi cut the gap to one (8-7), but sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) sparked a 12-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 20-8 lead over the Panthers.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the half, the Warriors pushed ahead and extended their lead to 14 (26-12) after a Regan free throw. The Panther's continued to chip away at the lead and got to within single digits, 34-25, with 2:44 remaining. Merrimack went into halftime holding a 12-point (37-25) lead over Adelphi.

In the opening four minutes of the second half, Merrimack jumped out to a 15-point lead after a trey from Hammel and continued to extend its lead to 20 (52-32) with 12:47 left to play.

Adelphi would face their largest deficit at the six minute mark, 62-40, but closed the contest with a 11-4 to create the final margin of 15, 66-51.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished the afternoon shooting 38.3 percent from the field, while holding the Panthers to 29.6 percent from the floor.
  • The Warriors held a 6-0 advantage in fast break points and a 14-8 edge in bench points.
  • Adelphi won the second chance battle, 12-7, as well as the rebounding battle, 42-40.
  • There was zero lead changes and one tie.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 28th when they host the Southern Connecticut State University Owls at Hammel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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