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New Haven trips up Merrimack in a rematch from last year’s NE10 tournament

Tawayne Anderson Jr.

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Despite a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds for redshirt-senior Tawayne Anderson Jr. (New York, N.Y.), the Merrimack College men’s basketball team suffered a 77-75 defeat at the University of New Haven on Wednesday from Charger Gymnasium.

The Basics
Score: New Haven 77Merrimack 75
Records: Merrimack (12-6, 9-3 NE10) | New Haven (10-6, 7-4 NE10)
Location:  Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn.

Marquee Moments:

  • In a game the featured 11 lead changes and seven ties, the final 1:36 decided the contest after sophomore Idris Joyner (Plainfield, N.J.)brought the Warriors within one, 72-71, completing an 8-0 stretch that saw Merrimack nearly erase a nine-point New Haven lead
  • The Chargers responded with four straight points via senior Danny Upchurch to build its lead back to five, 76-71, with 33 seconds to play
  • Layups for sophomore Juvaris Hayes (Paterson, N.J.) and senior Kyle Howes (Maynard, Mass.) trimmed the Warriors’ deficit down to one, but after New Haven hit one free throw, Merrimack was unable to get a shot off with four seconds remaining and a chance to win the game

Rapid Recap

  • With the score tied at six-all, the Warriors netted eight unanswered points to take a 14-6 lead at the 13:46 mark behind seven early points for Howes
  • New Haven chipped away from there, eventually pulling ahead, 25-23, with 6:57 until halftime following a triple by Elijah Bailey.
  • Hayes hit he second trey of the half with 2:51 left to get the visitors the advantage back, 35-32, but the hosts closed the stanza on a 6-3 run to usher on halftime with the contest squared at 38 points apiece
  • Sophomore Jaleel Lord (Jersey City, N.J.) drilled a three-pointer one minute into the second half, staking the Warriors to a 43-41 lead. From there, New Haven embarked on a 14-4 run over the next seven minutes to build a 55-47 edge by the 12:15 mark
  • It took only three minutes for Merrimack to flip the script. Joyner completed an 11-2 run with a three-point play that gave the Warriors the lead back, 58-57, with 9:07 remaining
  • The next six minutes belonged to the hosts, with the Chargers using a 15-5 run to turn the tide back in their favor, 72-63, with under four minutes to play. Merrimack’s 8-0 run to bring the night back to a one-possession margin started with points for Anderson Jr., Howes and sophomore Devon Moore (Hanover, Pa.) before Joyner ended the stretch

Notes and Notables

  • Anderson Jr. and freshman Khalief Crawford (Linden, N.J.) tied for the team lead with 13 points. Anderson Jr. hit 5-of-6 from the field and finished second on the team with seven caroms
  • Hayes filled up the stat sheet once again, totaling 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals
  • New Haven edged Merrimack by hitting 12 three-pointers, four more than the Warriors
  • The Chargers also edged Merrimack on the offensive glass, 13-5, resulting in 11 second-chance points
  • Upchurch led all players with 24 points, while he and Bailey combined for 10 of New Haven’s 12 triples

Up Next
The Warriors will enjoy the weekend off before returning to NE10 play on Tuesday night when Merrimack travels to American International for a 7:30 p.m. tilt in Springfield.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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