NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack College men’s basketball team dropped a tough-fought battle to Northeast-10 rival Assumption College yesterday afternoon, 75-66, at Hammel Court.
The Warriors dropped to 3-3 in Northeast-10 play and 5-3 overall while it was the first league win for Assumption (2-8, 1-5).
Sophomore forward Anthony Barry led the Warriors with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Fellow classmates Gelvis Solano and Troy Hammelcontributed 12 points each, while Hammel posted five assists. Sophomore JT Strickland added nine points and three assists.
The Warriors ended the first half trailing the Greyhounds, 40-28. Merrimack finished the half shooting only 26.7 percent (8 for 30) from the field, while Assumption shot 60.0 percent (15 for 25) from the floor. Barry led the Warriors in the first half with seven points and five rebounds. Marcus Murray and former Central Catholic standout Jimmy Zenevitch lead the Greyhounds with 14 points each.
With four minutes remaining in regulation, Merrimack trailed Assumption, 62-56, after a made layup from Tim Kasper. The Warriors continued to chip away at Assumption’s lead, but after a made layup from Murray, the Greyhounds extended their lead to nine (69-60).
Marcus Murray led the Greyhounds with 27 points, six assists, and two steals and Zenevitch played an excellent all-around game with 18 points, a game-high 10 rebounds, a blocked shot and two steals while playing 38 minutes. The 6-foot-8 junior from Methuen came into the game averaging 14.4 points per game as the team’s leading rebounder.
Women also falter
NORTH ANDOVER — Despite a career-high 23-point effort from freshman Michelle Obach, the Merrimack women’s team was also defeated by Assumption, by a similar score of 76-66.
The setback dropped the Warriors to 3-5 overall, 1-4 in NE-10 action while Assumption improved to 5-4, 2-4.
Obach posted a career-high 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Along with Obach, junior guard Chloe Rothman contributed 10 points and three assists. Junior Aria Johnson posted a team-high nine rebounds and seven points.
Sophomore Ashley Weissmann and junior Cassi Amenta chipped in with six points each.
Merrimack led for much of the first half, but trailed 29-28 at halftime. Assumption gradually pulled away in the second half.
The Warriors shot 34.6 percent (9 for 26) from the floor, as well as shooting 9 for 10 from the free throw line. Assumption went 9 for 32 from the field and shot 25 percent from long range.
In the first half, Obach led the Warriors with 16 points and two steals, while Johnson and senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) posted a team-high five rebounds apiece.
The Warriors return to action next Saturday when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire. Tip-off for the women is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. followed by the men at about 3:30 p.m.