February 22, 2014

Franklin Pierce Powers Past Men’s Basketball, 77-69, Saturday Afternoon

WARRIORS FALL SHORT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AGAINST RAVENS IN NORTHEAST-10 ACTION

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RINDGE, N.H. – Down by eight late in the second half, the Merrimack College men's basketball fell short to Northeast-10 rival Franklin Pierce on Saturday afternoon at the Fieldhouse by a final score of 77-69.

The Basics
Game:
Franklin Pierce 77, Merrimack 69
Records:
Merrimack (8-17, 6-14) | Franklin Pierce (20-5, 15-5)
Location:
The Fieldhouse | Rindge, N.H. 

How It Happened

Sophomore Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) poured in a team-high 21 points, with 12 of his points in the second half. Solano shot 8-for-19 from the floor, including 2-for-7 from behind the arc and 3-for-5 from the line, including two rebounds and four assists. Sophomore JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) notched 12 points and eight rebounds, while junior Ryan Woumn (Lynn, Mass.) was just one point shy of a double-double, 11 rebounds and nine points.

Just two minutes into the first half, Merrimack and Franklin Pierce were tied at 4-all before the Warriors rallied off five-straight points, from Tyler Hunt (Oswego, N.Y.) and Strickland, to take a 9-4 lead. A 5-0 spurt would get Franklin Pierce to within one (10-9), but a 7-6 run from Merrimack gave the visitors a two-point lead at 19-17 with 12:19 remaining.

With Merrimack controlling the momentum of the game, the Warriors went on a 16-12 run to take their biggest lead of the half with six (35-29) with 3:51 left to play in the half. In the final minute of the first, the Ravens rallied back to take a 40-38 lead with seven seconds to play, but two Strickland free throws would give the Worriors a 40-40 tie heading into halftime.

After Cooper opened the second-half scoring with a layup, Franklin Pierce used a 17-6 run to take a 57-46 lead just seven minutes into the second half. The Warriors answered with a 7-0 counter run that included six points from Strickland. This run cut the Ravens lead to four (57-53) with 10:44 left to play.

A 10-2 run by Franklin Pierce opened the Ravens' largest lead of the contest at 67-55 with 6:53 to play. The Warriors would cut the led to 10 twice, but a 6-3 run put the Ravens up 75-62 with 2:30 remaining on the clock.

The Warriors would not back down as they went on a 5-2 run to bring the score to with ten again (77-67), but the Ravens would hold their double-digit lead and deliver Merrimack its 17th loss of the season Saturday afternoon.

Franklin Pierce outshot Merrimack, 41.9 percent to 38.8 percent from the field, including 34.8 percent to 29.4 percent from long distance. The Ravens also held an 81.0 percent to 80.0 percent edge at the line.

A Closer Look

  • Franklin Pierce won the battle on the glass, 43-38, as well as holding a 62-10 advantage in bench points.
  • Both teams tallied 22 points off turnovers and 36 points in the paint.
  • Merrimack forced 18 Raven turnovers, while posting 11 second chance points.
  • Today's game featured four ties and eight lead changes.

Northeast Division Standings

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

Up Next
The Warriors will return home to Hammel Court to round out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 25, against Saint Michael's. Before the contest, the program will honor its one-member senior class as part of Senior Night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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