EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Nana Opoku had a career-high 25 points plus 14 rebounds as Mount St. Mary’s defeated Merrimack 65-57 on Sunday in a game which the Warriors’ Juvaris Hayes set an all-divisions record for career steals.
Hayes, a senior point guard, claimed the record at 449 with his first steal against Mount St. Mary’s, surpassing Tennyson Whitted who played for Division III Ramapo College from 2000-03. Hayes finished the game with four steals.
Malik Jefferson had 12 points for Mount St. Mary’s (11-18, 7-9 Northeast Conference), which ended its five-game losing streak. Damian Chong Qui added nine points and nine rebounds.
Hayes finished with 19 points and six assists for the Warriors (19-11, 13-4). Ziggy Reid added 11 points and three blocks.
Merrimack has a half-game lead over second-place St. Francis-Pennsylvania (12-4) in the Northeast Conference. Robert Morris is a game back at 12-5. Merrimack, which is ineligible for postseason play as it transitions to Division I, finishes its season at home against Central Connecticut.