BANGOR, Maine – Freshman Jordan Minor debuted with a game-high 16 points, leading four members of the Merrimack College men’s basketball who scored in double figures, but the Warriors dropped an 84-64 decision at the University of Maine on Wednesday night. The matchup at the Cross Insurance Center marked the first game of the program’s Division I history.
The Warriors fell to 0-1 on the young season, and will travel to Evansville, Ill. for a date with Northwestern at 8 p.m. EST Friday evening. The contest marks the Warriors’ first-ever game against a Big Ten opponent.
Score: Maine 84, Merrimack 64
Records: Merrimack (0-1) | Maine (1-0)
Location: Cross Insurance Center | Bangor, Maine
- Senior Jaleel Lord started the night with Merrimack’s first seven points, but Maine built a 20-7 edge through the half’s first 10 minutes, including a 10-2 run that spanned nearly six minutes
- Sophomore Mikey Watkins answered with a three-point play and Minor followed with two free throws to give the Warriors a 5-0 spurt. Maine responded, however, using an 8-2 run to build a 30-14 lead with 5:30 left in the half
- Merrimack’s best stretch came via a 7-0 run that allowed the Warriors to trim their deficit down to seven, 36-29, with under three minutes until halftime. Lord hit his second triple in the half while classmates Juvaris Hayes and Idris Joyner added buckets during the run. The final 2:30 of the half saw Maine extend its lead back to 10, 43-33, at intermission
- Freshman Ziggy Reid came in early in the second half and poured in five points as part of a 7-2 run that allowed Merrimack to make it a six-point game, 50-44, with 15:07 to play.
- With the score at 52-46, Maine went on a game-deciding 17-2 run that lasted until the 8:40 mark of the second half
- Minor went off as the second half progressed, scoring 11 points over the night’s final five minutes. He led Merrimack with seven free throws made on eight attempts
Notes and Numbers
- In Hayes’ DI debut, the prolific point guard finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. He led Merrimack in boards and helpers
- Lord (12) and Reid (10) joined Minor and Hayes in double figures
- Freshmen Mykel Derring and Jordan McKoy also made their Merrimack debuts
- The Black Bears were led by senior Andrew Fleming, who finished with a double-double of 37 points and 10 rebounds. The hosts shot 56 percent from the field to pave their way to victory
The Warriors immediately hit the road tomorrow, traveling to Illinois in preparation for Merrimack’s contest at Northwestern. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 8 p.m. EST tomorrow night in Evansville, Ill.