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EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Merrimack College men’s basketball team used a 19-3 run in the second half to turn a double-digit deficit into a single-figure game, but the Warriors comeback fell short in a 63-52 defeat at Mount St. Mary’s on Friday evening. The Northeast Conference (NEC) loss dropped the Warriors to 1-3 (1-3 NEC) on the year while Mount St. Mary’s improved to 4-5 (3-2 NEC).
With 10:10 to play, Mount St. Mary’s built a 51-26 lead that proved to be its largest of the game. From there, however, the Warriors outscored the Mountaineers by 16 points to climb back within single digits at 54-45. The Merrimack rally ended there as Mount St. Mary’s prevented the Warriors to continue their comeback bid.
Sophomore Jordan McKoy scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to share the team lead in scoring with junior Mikey Watkins. The Mountaineers saw four score in double figures led by 18 points from Deandre Thomas.
Score: Mount St. Mary’s 63, Merrimack 52
Records: Merrimack (1-3, 1-3 NEC) | Mount St. Mary’s (4-5, 3-2 NEC)
Location: Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
- Mount St. Mary’s started strongly again on Friday, scoring the night’s first five points. After Merrimack climbed within three, 10-7, the Mountaineers used an 8-0 stretch to increase their lead to 11. McKoy ended the run with a 3-pointer, making it an 18-10 game with 9:24 to play in the first half
- The Warriors scored just one point over the next five minutes, allowing the hosts to increase their edge to 25-11. An old-fashioned three-point play from freshman Malik Edmead followed by a triple from McKoy allowed the Warriors to pull within 10, 27-17, but a 7-2 spurt to end the opening stanza gave Mount St. Mary’s a 34-19 advantage heading into halftime
- After Merrimack scored the first two points of the second half, the Mountaineers scored the next nine to take a 22-point lead (43-21). The hosts’ lead grew to 25 points for the first time at 48-23 with 11:41 remaining and remained at that margin (51-26) with 10:10 on the clock
- Sophomore Jordan Minor, Watkins and McKoy hit three straight buckets to start Merrimack’s 19-3 run. Watkins then converted a three-point play of his own and sophomore Ziggy Reid hit a left-wing trey, swinging momentum Merrimack’s way with the score at 54-42. Coming out of a Merrimack timeout, McKoy hit his fourth shot in as many attempts – a left-corner 3-pointer – to bring Merrimack within single digits for the first time since the opening half, 54-45, with 5:10 on the clock
- With the score at 56-47 and less than four minutes to go, Thomas hit a long ball for the Mountaineers that brought their lead back to 12. From there, Merrimack could not get within single digits again. Redshirt-freshman Ethan Helwig sank a late free throw to score his first career collegiate point
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack’s all-time record against Mount St. Mary’s stands at 1-4 after this week. The home team has won every game of the all-time series
- McKoy scored in double digits for the first time in his career, while also setting single-game highs for field goals made (4), 3-point field goals (3) and steals (4). On the season, McKoy has made 8-of-12 from the field (.750) including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc (.667)
- Watkins scored in double figures for the third time in four games
- Reid finished with a team-best seven rebounds
- Mount St. Mary’s made 48.9 percent of its attempts (23-47) and 47.1 percent from deep (8-17), compared to 34 percent (18-53) and 28.6 percent for Merrimack
- The Mountaineers saw two players notch double-doubles: Damian Chong Qui (10 points, 10 assists) and Mezie Offurum (14 points, 13 rebounds)
- Junior Ryan Miller made his season debut in the second half for Merrimack
Merrimack hosts Fairleigh Dickinson for a pair of NEC games next week at Hammel Court.