MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s basketball program ran into the buzz saw that was the No. 4/4 Saint Anselm College Hawks on Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium as the hosts shot 56 percent from the field and over 63 percent from three-point land, powering the Hawks to a 92-81 Northeast Division triumph.
The Warriors enjoyed a good day on the offensive end of the floor, as well, scoring over 80 points for the fourth straight game. Four players finished in double figures led by a 24-point performance from junior guard Juvaris Hayes.
Score: #4/4 Saint Anselm 92, Merrimack 81
Records: Merrimack (5-4, 3-2 NE10) | #4/4 Saint Anselm (6-0, 3-0 NE10)
Location: Stoutenburgh Gymnasium | Manchester, N.H.
- Senior Ryan Boulter shot Merrimack into the game in the early goings, sinking three treys in the game’s first 10 minutes to keep Merrimack within striking distance of the Hawks. The Warriors trailed, 19-15, midway through the opening stanzing
- The Hawk’s offense exploded over the final portion of the first half, scoring 30 points to build a 12-point lead at intermission. Junior Juvaris Hayes registered 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the way. The visitors were within four, 27-23, with six minutes to go only to see the hosts end the half on a 22-14 stretch. The Hawks finished the half shooting 9-of-14 from distance
- Freshman Mikey Watkins came off the bench and scored seven points over the first seven minutes of the second half, but Saint Anselm answered every punch Merrimack had to hold a 61-51 edge with 13:00 remaining in regulation
- Sophomore Khalief Crawford was effective in the second half as well, sinking three triples including consecutive makes from the left wing that trimmed Merrimack’s deficit to eight with under 11 minutes left in the second stanza. The deficit remaining there followed another 3-pointer from Boulter, but the Hawks proceeded to can back-to-back treys to bring their lead to 15 (78-63) with under six minutes left
- The Warriors trimmed their deficit down to eight once more, 88-80, with 1:24 remaining following two free throws for junior Idris Joyner, but that was as close as the Warriors would get
Notes and Numbers
- Hayes notched sixth straight 20-point game and seventh overall this season. He hit 9-of-14 field-goal attempts while adding a team-best four steals
- Crawford and Boulter combined to hit eight of Merrimack’s 3-pointers, shooting 8-of-19 combined. The former finished with 16 points and the latter contributed 15
- Joyner scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, posting a team-best nine boards, as well
- The Hawks assisted on 24 of their 33 field goals
- Saint Anselm finished the day with 12 triples, nine of which came in the first half. Tim Guer led all players in scoring (30), hitting 11-of-17 from from the field
Merrimack hosts its final two conference games of the fall semester next week, beginning on Wednesday evening against Franklin Pierce. Tip-off from Hammel Court is set for 7:30 p.m.