Men’s Basketball Battles Back Against Saint Anselm Before Falling, 90-82

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –  Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) led four scorers in double figures with 26 points, but the Merrimack College men's basketball team fell to Saint Anselm College, 90-52, Wednesday night at Bert Hammel Court.

The Basics
Saint Anselm 90, Merrimack 82
 Merrimack (8-16, 6-13) | Saint Anselm (17-6, 15-4)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

Solano knocked down 11-of-26 shots, including 2-of-8 from behind the arc and went 2-of-4 from the line. Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) poured in 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and tallied two assists. Sophomore Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) kicked in 11 points and three rebounds, while sophomore JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Mike McCahey led the Hawks with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including seven rebounds and two assists. Dino Mallios chipped in with 20 points and a team-high eight assists, while Roy Mabrey added 16 points and three steals. John Nielson and Chris Santo rounded out the starters with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

A Barry layup 30 seconds into the contest gave the Warriors their only lead of the day at 2-0 before a layup from Mike McCahey tied the home team at 2-2. A layup from Christ Santo with 14:30 remaining handed Saint Anselm a 12-point lead (20-8) but an 18-7 run by the Warriors tied the Hawks at 27-27.

Over the next couple of minutes, both teams exchanged points until baskets from Strickland and Regan would stop the Hawks from taking a double-digit lead. However, Merrimack would head into the locker room trailing, 39-31.

Merrimack would open the second half on a small 4-0 run to cut the deficit to four (39-35), but a 17-9 run by the Hawks extended their lead to double-digits, 56-44, with 13:57 remaining. The gap widened to 21 at 72-51 with 9:59 left, but the Warriors kept pushing back and cut it to 11 (85-74) on a Solano jumper with 3:08 left to play.

Saint Anselm nudged its lead back up to 13 (87-74), but Merrimack again responded as back-to-back Strickland layup's trimmed the deficit to 89-80 with 35 ticks on the clock. A layup from Regan with 12 seconds left on the clock was not enough to put Merrimack ahead of the Hawks Wednesday night.

A Closer Look

  • Saint Anselm outshot Merrimack, 51.6 percent to 51.4 percent, but also did not fare well from beyond the arc as it shot 46.2 percent from deep.
  • The Hawks held a slim advantage in rebounding, 39-37, while posting 38 points in the paint.
  • Merrimack dominated in the paint posting 56 points and 12 second chance points.
  • Tonight's game record 1 lead change and two ties.

Northeast Division Standings

1. Saint Anselm (15-4) *
2. Franklin Pierce (14-5) *
3. Saint Michael's (13-6) *
4. Bentley (10-9) *
5. So. New Hampshire (10-9) *
6. Merrimack (6-12) 
7. Assumption (5-13)
8. Stonehill (4-15)

  • Coming off this tough loss to the Hawks, the Warriors are now four games behind Southern New Hampshire and are unable to secure a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they travel to Rindge, N.H. to take on NE-10 rival Franklin Pierce. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30.


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