The Merrimack College men's basketball lost to Wanger College on Sunday afternoon 71-57. The Warriors were led by Jordan Minor who scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, which was good enough for his sixth double-double of the season. Mikey Watkins scored 14 points and had five assists. Malik Edmead also scored 14 points in the defeat. All but five points were scored by Warrior starters.
Score:Merrimack 57, Wagner 71
Records: Merrimack (8-12, 4-4 NEC) | Wagner (12-2, 6-0 NEC)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
The Seahawks started the game by scoring 11 unanswered points, putting the Warriors in a quick deficit. Watkins ended the scoring drought with a runner in the lane. The point guard then added two more to put Merrimack down seven. Wagner then added four points to go up double digits again. A Watkins three, followed by a Justin Connolly post move, followed by an Edmead jumper sliced the advantage to just four.
The Seahawks added seven more points to go up 11 with six minutes to play in the first half. A Minor layup with four minutes left, cut the Seahawk lead down to single digits. On back-to-back offensive possessions Edmead knocked down a three and then a jumper to send the Warriors down four. Jordan McKoy found the bottom of the net with his first three of the game with a minute-thirty left, putting Merrimack down one. Wagner scored on a fast break layup to go up three with forty seconds left in the half. Edmead scored on his second three of the first stanza to tie the game for the Warriors. Wagner had a tip in finish at the buzzer to give them a two-point lead heading into halftime.
McKoy opened the half matching a Seahawk three to keep the deficit at two. Wagner then scored six unanswered points to swell the lead up to eight. Watkins found a lane in the paint and scored to make the advantage six. After a Wagner bucket, Minor scored three straight points to make the lead five. The Seahawks added five to their lead, going up 10.
Minor and Watkins combined on a four-point run making it six points down. Wagner went up 10 again. Mykel Derring found the bottom of the net with a three to cut the lead to seven. Minor found a lane for two, putting Merrimack down five. With five minutes to play, Edmead made the advantage six after a jumper. The Seahawks added seven points to go up 13. The Warriors could not mount a comeback and lost the game by 14.