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.