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Merrimack Men’s Basketball Falls in NCAA Tournament to Bloomfield

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The sixth-seeded Merrimack College men’s basketball program suffered a 109-91 defeat on Sunday evening to seventh-seeded Bloomfield College, seeing its 2017-18 season come to a close in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship. The Warriors finished with a 20-12 record, recording the program’s ninth 20-win season while earning their 10th NCAA Tournament berth.

Video: Press Conference

The Basics
Score: Bloomfield 109, Merrimack 91
Records: Merrimack (20-12) Bloomfield (24-7)
Location: Ted Grant Court | Syracuse, N.Y.

NCAA East Regional Schedule:
March 10 – Quartefinal games
12 p.m.            Game No. 1. – #6 Merrimack def. #3 Bridgeport, 85-70
2:30 p.m.         Game No. 2 – #7 Bloomfield def. #2 St. Thomas Aquinas, 91-78
5 p.m.              Game No. 3 – #1 Le Moyne def. #8 Jefferson, 75-57
7:30 p.m.         Game No. 4 – #5 Saint Rose def. #4 Saint Anselm, 83-71

March 11 – Regional Semifinals
5 p.m.              Game No. 5. – #7 Bloomfield def. #6 Merrimack, 109-91
7:30 p.m.         Game No. 6. – #1 Le Moyne vs. #5 Saint Rose

March 13 – Regional Championship Game
7 p.m.              Game No. 7. (Winner Game No. 5 vs. Winner Game No. 6)

Marquee Moments:

  • The Bears stormed out of the gates scoring 30 points before the midway point of the opening stanza, and finished the half with 57 points. The Bears shot 52 percent from the field (19-36) and 53 percent from beyond the arc (8-15) over the first 20 minutes
  • Nick Davidson totaled 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first half. Teammate Keith Washington proceeded to hit four triples to start the second half, preventing Merrimack to chip away at the lead

Rapid Recap

  • Bloomfield started the day 12-of-20 from the field and hit 4-of-8 from beyond the arc to open a 30-14 advantage by the 10:24 mark of the opening half
  • Sophomore Devon Moore hit a triple just at the midway point of the opening stanza that brought Merrimack with 13 points. Bloomfield, however, responded with a 8-0 run to increase its lead to 21. With the score at 44-25 after a jumper from freshman Khalief Crawford, the Bears ended the half on a 13-1 burst to take a 31-point lead to the locker room
  • Bloomfield’s Keith Washington knocked in four three-pointers over the first four minutes of the second half to expand the Bears’ lead. The Bears held their advantage throughout, reaching the century mark with under six minutes to play
  • Sophomore Juvaris Hayes etched his name in the Merrimack record book at the 5:02 mark of the second half. Hitting a six-footer that made him the 44th player in program history with 1,000 career points
  • The Warriors finished the second half with 65 points, the most they scored in any half of this season. Merrimack outscored the Bears by 13 in the second half

Top Performers

  • Redshirt-senior Tawayne Anderson Jr. played in his 70th and final career game on Sunday, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. It marked his seventh career game in double figures, four of which came in the last five games
  • Senior Kyle Howes ended his career as one of the most durable and consistent Warriors to come through the program. He started in all 32 games this season – one of two Warriors to do so – and finished with over 800 points, 450 rebounds and 100 assists in his career
  • Bloomfield’s consistent shooting percentage and rebounding advantage determined the game. The Bears finished 47 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent from the beyond the arc. The regional finalists owned a 52-29 advantage on the glass and a 23-11 edge in offensive rebounding
  • Crawford shot 7-of-11 off the bench and scored a career-high 20 points. Sophomore Jaleel Lord added 11 points as well

Notes and Notables

  • Finishing the day with 11 points and six assists, Hayes became the 44th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He concludes his sophomore year by leading the Warriors in points, rebounds, assists and steals
  • Hayes totaled 124 thefts, the fifth-most in NCAA Division II history. It goes down as a new Northeast-10 Conference single-season record
  • Merrimack completed its first 20-win season since the 2009-10 campaign
  • Head coach Joe Gallo completes his second season with consecutive campaigns of 19 wins or more, just the third time that feat has been accomplished in school history
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