CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: REMEMBER WHEN? Merrimack College men's basketball was victorious during its television debut (CBS Sports Network) on February 21.

The national stage proved to be just the right size for Juvaris Hayes and his Warrior teammates.

Making its television debut (CBS Sports Network) on the Bert Hammel Court, Merrimack pulled away from Sacred Heart after intermission for a 64-57 victory Friday evening (2/21) to maintain its one-game lead atop the Northeast Conference with two games to play.

Playing in front of the team’s second-straight home sellout of 1,500, Hayes led a second-half charge that broke open a 26-all tie following a sluggish first half. The Warriors (19-10, 13-3 NEC) won for the 12th time in 14 outings.

“You don’t want a bad offensive half to affect your defense, and it never did,” Merrimack coach Joe Gallo said. “And then we just didn’t take as many bad (shots). We told them you don’t have to ever turn it over or take a bad shot because they’re not guarding Juvaris. So, in the worst case, just throw him the ball.” 2/21/2020