NORTH ANDOVER —Merrimack College could do nothing to combat a red-hot Franklin Pierce shooting barrage, falling by a whopping 111-80 score last night. The loss was the Warriors’ first Northeast-10 loss of the season.
Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 57-40 halftime lead, shooting 71 percent (22-for -31) from the field, while Merrimack shot just 38.7 percent (12-for-31).
The Ravens opened up the second half on a 9-0 run before settling for a 26-point lead (76-50) as the five-minute mark of the second half.
The visiting shooting only got hotter as the second half progressed and from there on out, they closed out the second half outscoring Merrimack by a 54-40 margin.
Three Warriors surpassed 10 points, as sophomore Gelvis Solano and sophomore J.T. Strickland each tallied a team-high 19 points each. Senior captain Kevin Regan also contributed 10 points. Franklin Pierce had five players score in double digits, while Donte Gittens posted a team-high 19 points.
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to face the Hawks of Saint Anselm College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Merrimack women fall
NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack College women’s basketball team dropped its second straight yesterday, losing to Franklin Pierce 74-61 in front of the home fans at Bert Hammel Court.
The Warriors had three players in double figures. Allison Wagner finished the game with 11 points and two steals while Shelby Secor and Lexi Sells also tallied 11 points each, while Secor finished with eight rebounds.
The Warriors next take the court Tuesday when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to face Saint Anselm College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.--