GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Adelphi University men’s basketball team began Tuesday night’s action as the top offense in the Northeast-10 Conference’s Southwest Division, but that seemingly did not bother the visiting Merrimack College men’s basketball program; the Warriors proceeded to hold the Panthers to a season-low 65 points in a 78-65 victory from the Center for Recreation and Sports in Garden City, N.Y.
After allowing 13 points over the first four minutes, Merrimack’s 2-3 zone settled in and relented just 15 points over the remainder of the opening stanza. The Warriors outscored the Panthers, 36-15, over the final 15:52 of the first half to snatch a 44-28 lead at intermission. The visitors then never trailed in the second half, picking up their sixth win in seven games and improving to 11-6 overall.
Score: Merrimack 78, Adelphi 65
Records: Merrimack (11-6, 6-4 NE10) | Adelphi (10-7, 4-5 NE10)
Location: Center for Recreation & Sport | Garden City, N.Y.
- The first 4:08 of the game saw Adelphi and Merrimack combine for 21 points, playing the Panthers’ ideal up-tempo style. The hosts used a 13-5 run to take a five-point lead after a 3-pointer for Conor McGuinness
- The Warriors responded with an 11-2 run that gave the visitors the lead for good. The stretch featured three consecutive 3-pointers from juniors Juvaris Hayes and Idris Joyner as well as sophomore Devin Jensen. From there, the Warriors scored 11 of the game’s next 17 points to increase their lead to double figures, 31-21, with 7:25 remaining in the half
- Merrimack’s defense limited the Panthers to three field goals in the remainder of the stanza. The Warriors closed the half on an 8-0 run, seeing sophomore Khalief Crawford, junior Jaleel Lord and senior Ryan Boulter all hit jumpers along the way
- Adelphi started the second half strongly, closing within seven (47-40) less than four minutes in. Senior Troy McLaughlin entered the game, and hit a 3-pointer that brought the Warriors’ lead back to 10, 50-40
- The Panthers hung around, pulling within seven twice including at 54-47 with 12:02 remaining. A 5-0 Merrimack burst negated the momentum; freshman Justin Connolly hit a layup and Crawford followed with a 3-pointer that increased the Warriors’ lead to 12 (59-47) at the midway point of the half. Crawford then connected again from deep, making it a 15-point game with 8:47 to play
- Merrimack’s lead never dipped below 10 over the remainder of the night. Adelphi’s last attempt at a comeback came with 5:43 to go after an Oswald Parker III layup closed the margin to 66-56 at the 5:43 mark. Hayes assisted on consecutive buckets that swung the pendulum back towards the visitors; freshman Mikey Watkins dropped in a 3-pointer followed by a Joyner layup that proved to be the dagger
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack’s offense featured shooting splits of .538/.556/1.000, needing only 52 attempts to reach 78 points
- Every Warrior who stepped on the floor scored on Tuesday night, which also happened Saturday against Pace
- The defensive effort held Adelphi to a season-low 65 points. It was just the fourth time this season that Adelphi was held below 70 points. The hosts shot just 36.2 percent on the night
- Hayes picked up another double-double, finishing with 15 points and 10 assists. All three of his double-doubles this season have come in the last five games
- Crawford chipped in 14 points, shooting a season-best 71.4 percent from the field (5-7). Watkins added 12 points, the third and final Warrior in double figures
- Merrimack’s reserves dominated Adelphi’s, outscoring the Panthers by 22 (27-5)
The Warriors return home to begin a stretch of three straight games on campus this Saturday when Le Moyne arrives at Hammel Court. Tip-off against the Dolphins is set for 3 p.m.