February 6, 2014

Men's Basketball Upended by Stonehill College, 76-64

KEVIN REGAN LEADS THE WARRIORS WITH A TEAM-HIGH 17 POINTS AND FOUR REBOUNDS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds and tallied two steals, but the Merrimack College men's basketball team dropped a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division matchup, 76-64, to rival Stonehill College on Thursday night at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Game:
Stonehill 76, Merrimack 64
Records:
Merrimack (8-13, 6-10) | Stonehill (7-13, 4-11)
Location:
Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

Fellow starter Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.) was the final player to score in double figures with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Stonehill finished the night shooting 48.1(25-of-52) percent from the floor, while holding the Warriors to 38.7 (24-of-62) percent from the field. Merrimack shot only 26.1 percent from behind the arc and 62.5 percent from the line. Stonehill went 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from long range and shot 72.0 (18-of-25) percent from the charity stripe.

Merrimack took an early 7-4 lead with five points from Solano and sophomore Tyler Hunt (Oswego, N.Y). Stonehill battled back, tying the game at 7-7, before going on a 16-4 run to grab a 23-11 lead with 9:46 to play in the opening half.

Over the next couple of minutes, Stonehill extended its lead to double-digits with 12 (32-20). However, the Warriors kept it close and pulled to within six at the break (38-32).

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Warriors kept things close pulling to within one, 51-50, on an Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) layup. Still, the Skyhawks were able to capitalize on offense, on a layup from Adam Bramanti, to bring their lead back up to 10 (66-56) with 3:45 left to play.

From that point on, Merrimack was unable to stop the Skyhawks from taking the lead and delivering the Warriors their third straight conference loss by the score of 76-64.

Stonehill was led by Pierce Cumpstone, who paced the visitors with a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Carter Smith also contributed 17 points and two rebounds in the win. Jack Cole chimed in with 14 points and four assists, while both Adam Bramanti and Ryan Logan chipped in with 10 points each, respectively.

A Closer Look

  • The loss was damaging for Merrimack's playoff hopes.  With five games to play, the Warriors fall three games behind Bentley (winners over Assumption) and idle Southern New Hampshire University for the final playoff spot.
  • Stonehill won the rebounding battle, 43-26, as well as posting 25 bench points.
  • Both Merrimack and Stonehill posted 10 second chance points, while Merrimack scored 25 points off the Skyhawks 26 turnovers.
  • Tonight's game recorded two lead changes and three ties.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when they travel to Bentley for a Northeast Division road tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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