WORCESTER, Mass. – Behind a near triple-double for junior guard Juvaris Hayes and 14-point, nine-rebound and four-block performance for junior forward Idris Joyner, the Merrimack College men’s basketball program dismantled Assumption College, 73-55, on Wednesday night from Laska Gymnasium on Assumption’s. A close opening eight minutes swung in Merrimack’s favor thanks to an 18-3 run that spanned nearly seven minutes of the first half. Merrimack led by 19 points at halftime, 42-23, and never trailed in the final stanza.
The victory improved Merrimack’s overall record to 15-7 and 9-5 in Northeast-10 Conference play, and swept its season series with Assumption after topping the Greyhounds back in November. The Warriors increased their winning streak to three games, and have won six of their last seven games and 10 of their last 12 overall.
Score: Merrimack 73, Assumption 55
Records: Merrimack (15-7, 10-5 NE10) | Assumption (6-16, 2-13 NE10)
Location: Laska Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.
- A low scoring start to the first half found the Warriors owning a slim lead, 10-9, at the 12:14 mark of the first half. Merrimack’s defense proceeded to dominate the next seven minutes, allowing just three points as part of an 18-3 run. All five of Merrimack’s starters scored during the stretch, and freshman Mikey Watkins contributed a bucket to put the visitors ahead, 28-12, with under five minutes left in the half
- During that eight-minute stretch, Merrimack’s defense held the Greyhounds to 1-of-9 shooting and forced four turnovers from the Greyhounds
- The final five minutes of the half featured a four-point play for senior Troy McLaughlin. Junior Idris Joyner finished the half with a bucket, totaling seven points and six rebounds in the stanza, and Merrimack took a 42-23 lead to the locker room
- After Assumption started the second half with a trey, the Warriors posted a 10-4 run that featured five points for junior Juvaris Hayes and a 3-pointer for Joyner. After the junior’s triple, Merrimack called a timeout with a 54-30 lead. The midway point of the half came and went with the visitors owning a 23-point lead, 61-38, after a 3-pointer from junior Jaleel Lord
- Merrimack saw sophomore Devin Jensen along with freshmen Aaron Jaynes and Ryan Miller play in extended minutes over the night’s final minutes. The Warriors held an opponent below 65 points for the third straight game as part of their current winning streak
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors’ defense held Assumption below 40 percent shooting for the game, and forced 18 Greyhound turnovers. Merrimack has now held its foes below 70 points for seven straight games, and under 65 in all three of its current three-game winning streak
- Hayes scored in double figures in his eighth straight game, and posted at least seven steals for the third time this season. He now has 296 thefts in his career, moving within four of 300
- For the eighth time this season, Joyner totaled at least nine rebounds. His four rejections brought his career-best season total up to 41 – the first 40-block campaign for a Warriors in eight years
- Merrimack maintained its hold on second place in the Northeast with the win, holding a one-game edge over Bentley at 10-5. The Warriors lie three games out of first with six games remaining
Merrimack hosts #17/17 Saint Anselm on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Hammel Court, looking to avenge December’s defeat to the division leaders. The contest will also be celebrated as Alumni Day, which features a full slate of events for alums of the men’s basketball program! All interested attendees are asked to register here.