WILMINGTON, Del. – The Merrimack College men’s basketball program scored 48 first-half points including 16 from senior Ryan Boulter, giving the Warriors a 17-point edge over Goldey-Beacom on Sunday afternoon from the Joseph West Jones Center in Wilmington, Del.
The Warriors led by double digits for the majority of the second half, and prevailed despite an 18-5 run by the Lightning to close regulation. After the hosts closed within single digits initially, Boulter sank a triple with 1:49 remaining that put Merrimack up 11 and effectively iced the game. Merrimack held on, winning by three (69-66) after the Lightning hit a triple to end regulation.
Score: Merrimack 69, Goldey-Beacom 66
Records: Merrimack (8-5) | Goldey-Beacom (5-6)
Location: Joseph West Jones Center | Wilmington, Del.
- Merrimack expanded on its early 10-8 lead via an 8-2 stretch highlighted by four points from junior Juvaris Hayes to increase the Warriors’ advantage to eight, 18-10, at the midway point of the opening stanza. Goldey-Beacom kept with Merrimack, scoring 10 of the game’s next 17 points to close the gap to five, 25-20, with 7:46 to play
- From there, Merrimack dominated the remainder of the first half. In less than two minutes, the Warriors used a 13-1 burst to build a 17-point advantage, 38-21. Three players hit treys during the stretch, including one each for sophomore Khalief Crawford and junior Jaleel Lord. The final five minutes of the half saw the Warriors lead by as many as 19 on three occasions, including on a late bucket by freshman Justin Connolly.
- Owning a 48-31 lead at the starting the second half, Merrimack saw its lead remain in double digits through the first 10 minutes of the final stanza. The Lightning cut their deficit to 13, but the Warriors ripped off a 7-2 stretch capped by a triple from sophomore Devin Jensen that gave the visitors a 60-42 edge past the midway point of the second half
- At the 6:29 mark of the second half, Lord drilled a 3-point that brought Merrimack’s lead to 16 (64-48). From there, the Lightning scored 18 of the day’s final 23 points, but the Warriors’ advantage proved too much to overcome. Boulter hit his fourth and final triple of the night to create a 69-58 gap with under two minutes to play, which proved to be the dagger
Notes and Numbers
- Boulter delivered a strong effort, totaling a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and four 3-pointers. Lord also finished in double figures, adding 13 points
- Hayes was superb, filling up the stat sheet with 12 assists, 10 rebounds, six points and five steals. It marked his first double-double of the year, and established a season high in helpers
- The visitors controlled the interior, owning a 32-14 edge in points in the paint
- Merrimack’s seven first-half treys enabled the Warriors to build a significant edge. The visitors shot nearly 53 percent from the field (20-38) and 43.8 percent from distance (7-16)
Merrimack plays its first home game in nearly one month on Saturday when the Warriors welcome Queens College to Hammel Court for a 3 p.m. non-conference tip-off.