Merrimack's Hammel earns 500th

Merrimack coach Bert Hammel

With his uncle and coach gunning for victory No. 500, Merrimack College guard Troy Hammel made sure the milestone was accomplished yesterday.

Troy knocked in a game-high 29 points, lifting the Warriors to a 92-74 win here at Bloomfield.

For Coach Bert Hammel, win No. 500 comes in his 35th season at the helm of the Merrimack program. The Methuen resident is now 500-473 in his career and ranks 14th among Division 2 active coaches for number of victories.

Hammel, a junior from Valencia, Calif., nailed 10 of 16 shots he took in the game including all five three-pointers attempted.

J.T. Strickland had 19, and Kyle Howes added 17 in the win for the Warriors.

Merrimack now hits the two-week Christmas break on a high note, with a 5-6 mark, 0-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

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