January 28, 2014

#20 Southern Connecticut Drops Men's Hoops, 88-76, Tuesday Night at Hammel Court

GELVIS SOLANO FINISHES WITH A TEAM-HIGH 35 POINTS, FIVE REBOUNDS, THREE STEALS, AND TWO ASSISTS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In a game that saw 12 lead changes and six ties, the Merrimack College men's basketball team fell to No. 20 Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday night at Hammel Court by a score of 88-76.

The Basics
Gam
e:  No. 20 Southern Connecticut 88 | Merrimack 76
Records:
Merrimack (8-11, 6-8) | No. 20 So. Conn. State (17-2, 11-2)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) led the Warriors with 35 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, while senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) contributed eight points and three rebounds.

During the first five minutes of the first half, both teams exchanged baskets and control of the lead, until a trey from Solano sparked an 8-0 run to take a 10-point (21-11) lead over the Owls.

Southern Connecticut battled back to within five (24-19) after back-to-back free throws from Tylon Smith with 11:43 left. The visitors continued to fight back, but after a 3-pointer from Solano the Warriors lead was back up to seven (33-26).

Southern Connecticut then went on an 8-0 run to erase the deficit with 5:28 to play in the opening half.

In the final minutes of the half, both teams managed to tie the game on three separate occasions, but the visitors took a one-point (47-46) lead heading into halftime.

Solano led Merrimack with 25 first half points while going 10-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep.

SCSU opened up the second half with a 10-point advantage, 61-51, after six minutes of play, which was finished off by a completed play from Austin Carter. From thereafter, the Owls' led by double digits until there was three minutes left in the game. 

The Warriors managed to cut the Owls' lead down to seven on a pair of Solano free throws with 2:22 left. However, two made free-throws from Michael Mallory put the visitors up for good with 1:40 remaining.

Five Owls finished the night in double-digits as Tylon Smith led the Owls with 28 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Greg Langston totaled 17 points and three assists, while Michael Mallory came off the bench to contribute 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and had two steals. Deshawn Murphy and Luke Houston added 11 points and 10 points each, respectively.

A Closer Look

  • Southern Conn. finished the night shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the line. Merrimack was held to shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the free throw line.
  • Both teams tallied 17 points each off of turnovers, while Merrimack tallied 21 turnovers in the loss.
  • The Owls won the battle in the paint, 38-34, as well as second chance points, 18-13.
  • Junior Travonne Berry-Rogers (Lynn, Mass.) finished with a team-high two blocks and six rebounds.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when they travel to West Haven, Conn. to take on the New Haven Chargers. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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