Men’s Hoops Comeback Falls Short; New Haven Tops Merrimack, 56-51

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. – After falling behind by 13 points early in the second half, the Merrimack College men's basketball team mounted a furious comeback that saw them within two (44-42) with about 10 minutes to play, but New Haven pulled away in the closing minutes en route to handing the Warriors' their second straight loss, 56-51, on Saturday afternoon at Charger Gym.

The Basics
New Haven 56, Merrimack 51
Merrimack (8-12, 6-9) | New Haven (15-5, 10-4)
: Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn. 

How It Happened

Only two players reached double figures for the visitors side, led by sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.), who paced the Warriors with a 21-point, three rebound performance on a 3-of-11 clip from the field. Fellow starter Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) also hit double-digits with a 10-point outing while finishing 5-of-12 from the floor.

New Haven finished with two double-digit getters, including a team-high 13-point afternoon from starter Jeffrey Adkins, who finished 3-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-4 from long range. Fellow starter Ashanti DePass chipped in with 12 points and two rebounds.

Merrimack opened the first half with an early 4-3 lead over the Chargers after a Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) jumper. However, the Chargers didn't waste any time taking a 9-7 lead with 15:42 remaining.

After a trey from Jemal Mosley, the Chargers extended their lead to three (12-9), until the Warriors went on a 6-2 run to regain a one-point lead (15-14) at the 11 minute mark. From that point on, New Haven went on to take a five-point lead after a Barry layup with 5:38 left to play.

Merrimack fought back to within five (26-21) after a jumper from Hammel but New Haven ended the half on a 5-0 run to bring the score to 31-21 heading into halftime.

New Haven began the second half with the same intensity, extending its lead to 13 (37-24) after a made free throw shot from Cyrus James. Solano sparked a 9-0 run to bring the visitors to within four (39-35) with 14:24 left to play.

Merrimack continued to fight back against the Chargers as a layup from Barry brought the team to within two (44-42). With time winding down, the Warriors found themselves down five (47-42) but a layup from Tyler Hunt (Oswego, N.Y.) put the Warriors within three (47-44) with 6:53 remaining.

In the final minutes, New Haven extended its lead to five after a layup from Adkins, as the Warriors could not pull off the upset as the Chargers took the 56-51 victory.

Overall, the Chargers shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the floor, compared to a marginally better 38.2 percent rate (21-of-55) from the visitors. Merrimack went just 3-of-12 from long range, but notched key free throws down the stretch, as the Chargers posted an 81.3 percent clip (13-of-16) from the line.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack won the rebounding battle, 36-32, while both teams finished with a combined 24 turnovers.
  • The Warriors also won the battle in the paint, 26-20, while posting six fast break points.
  • New Haven recorded eight second chance points and eight bench points.
  • Today's game featured two ties and seven lead changes.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 5, when they host Stonehill College in a NE-10 home tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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