January 31, 2014

Men’s Basketball Set for Road Showdown at New Haven Saturday Afternoon

WARRIORS SET FOR REMATCH WITH CHARGERS IN NE-10 ROAD TILT SATURDAY 

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With exactly seven games remaining in the regular season as the calendar turns to February, the Merrimack College men's basketball team kicks off the home stretch with a huge road conference matchup at New Haven on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 | 3:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (8-11, 6-8) | New Haven (14-5, 9-4)
Location: Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out
The Warriors are coming off a 12-point home loss to No. 19 Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday. The loss put Merrimack 1-1/2 games behind the final playoff spot in the NE-10 Northeast Division.

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.At the intermission, the Owls led 47-46.  Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) had 25 first-half points for Merrimack.

The game changed shortly after the break. SCSU opened up a 10-point advantage, 61-51, six minutes into the second half.

From thereafter, the Owls led by double digits until there were three minutes left in the game. 

The Warriors cut the lead down to seven on a pair of Solano free throws with 2:22 left.  However,  Mallory made a layup before knocking down a pair of shots at the charity stripe to seal the road win.

This Season New Haven Dec. 19, 2013)

  • New Haven defeated Merrimack at home, 83-53, in non-conference action.
  • Overall, the Warriors shot 31.8 percent (21-of-66) from the floor, compared to a marginally better 51.7 percent rate (30-of-58) from the visitors. The Chargers went 9-of-19 from long range (47.4 percent) and Merrimack went 6-of-6 (100 percent) from the line.
  • The Warriors recorded 19 bench points and 22 points in the paint, while the Chargers posted 34 points in the pain and six bench points. New Haven won the rebounding battle, 43-30, while both sides registered 11 points off of turnovers.
  • Solano paced the Warriors with a 13-point, five assist performance on a 6-of-26 clip from the field.

The Warriors

  • Merrimack currently ranks 27th in Division II tallying 163 steals, while Solano ranks second in the division in total steals with 68 and averages 8.6 a game.
  • On the defensive side, senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) ranks fourth in the NE-10 averaging 8.5 rebounds a game. 
  • The Warriors rank eighth in the league in points per game with 73.5, as well as shooting 40.4 percent from the field on the year.
  • Merrimack remains in second in the league averaging 22.8 free throw attempts per game while making 16.8 a game.

Scouting the Chargers

  • New Haven ranks fifth in Division II with 62.2 points allowed per game. The Chargers also slot seventh in the nation with an opponents' field goal percentage of 38.6 and land at ninth with just 9.6 turnovers committed per contest.
  • The New Haven defensive effort allowed a season-low 42 points and has limited nine teams to fewer than 60 points.
  • Anderson averages 15.8 points and ranks second in the Northeast-10 with 11.2 rebounds per game. Also, he tops the conference with 2.78 blocked shots per contest, is ninth in the nation on the boards and eighth in rejections.
  • On the offensive end, the Blue and Gold have shot 50 percent or better from the field in six contests.

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