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Men’s Basketball Handles Central Connecticut, 62-46

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Sophomore Jordan Minor scored a game-high 15 points, senior Devin Jensen added 14 points and two 3-pointers and the Merrimack College men’s basketball team allowed a season-low 46 points on its way to a 16-point win, 62-46, at Central Connecticut on Thursday night. Merrimack has now won six of its last seven games to move into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

For a near 15-minute period spanning the first and second halves, the Warriors forced the Blue Devils into 16 missed shots over 17 attempts to take control of the game. During that time, Merrimack utilized a 24-4 run that created a 17-point lead for the Warriors that never dipped below 14 points over the remainder of the evening. In addition to forcing shooting woes, Merrimack’s defense also caused CCSU to commit 21 turnovers.

Freshman Malik Edmead contributed 11 points off the bench too as he and Minor put forth some thunderous dunks throughout the night at Detrick Gymnasium.

The Essentials
Score: Merrimack 62, CCSU 46
Records: Merrimack (7-4, 7-4 NEC) | CCSU (4-11, 4-8 NEC)
Location: New Britain, Conn. | Detrick Gymnasium

The Visuals

Sophomore Ziggy Reid’s baseball pass starts a second-half play that ends with a dunk for sophomore Jordan Minor.

Freshman Malik Edmead skies to the rim for a one-handed dunk 

Rapid Recap

  • Outside of the first 6:25 of the first half, Merrimack’s defense controlled the rest of the opening half. Central Connecticut used the first six-plus minutes to open a 9-3 lead, including scoring the first seven points of the game. The Warriors responded with a 7-0 run to take their first lead, 10-9, at the 12:05 mark
  • The Warriors forced the Blue Devils into 11 missed shots over the final 10 minutes of the first half, turning a 13-10 deficit into a 25-17 halftime lead via a 15-4 run. Merrimack scored 12 unanswered points at one instance, including nine by the duo of Edmead and Minor
  • More of the same occurred in the second half. Merrimack scored the half’s first nine points to double up the hosts, 34-17. A few minutes later, Jensen hit his second trey of the night to bring the lead above 20 points, 44-23, with under 12 minutes to go
  • The lead grew to as many as 23 points on a pair of occasions in the final stanza. Edmead came on strong with four points in the final eight minutes, while classmate James Berry III also hit a triple after entering the contest in the final minutes.

Notes and Numbers

  • Thursday marked the fourth time in in two years that Merrimack has allowed an opponent to score 50 or fewer points; three of those games have been in NEC play
  • Merrimack also allowed 46 points in last season’s game at Central Connecticut, a 58-46 win
  • Tonight was also the 20th time in 41 games at the DI level that Merrimack has allowed fewer than 60 points; the Warriors are now 19-1 in those games
  • Jensen scored a season-best 14 points, and is averaging 11.7 points per game over his last three. He added two steals, and now has 18 through 11 games, needing three more for a new career high

Up Next
Merrimack plays Central Connecticut once more tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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