FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Juvaris Hayes had 17 points, eight steals and seven rebounds as Merrimack defeated Sacred Heart 65-57 on Thursday night.
Mikey Watkins had 16 points for Merrimack (7-7). Jaleel Lord added 12 points.
Merrimack scored the first 14 points of the second half and the Warriors’ lead peaked at 49-33 with 13:35 remaining. Sacred Heart cut the deficit to eight with 6:06 to go and was as close as five points, 62-57, with 1:21 remaining but did not score again.
Tyler Thomas had 18 points for the Pioneers (7-7, 0-1). Koreem Ozier added 14 points. E.J. Anosike had 4 points and 16 rebounds. Cameron Parker, who recently set the NCAA single-game assists record with 24, had more turnovers (8) than the Pioneers had assists (7). He had one assist.