Merrimack claims Northeast title in 1st Division I season

NCAA Men's Basketball
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NORTH ANDOVER, Ma. (AP)Juvaris Hayes posted 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Merrimack beat Central Connecticut 69-58 on Thursday night to claim the Northeast Conference championship in its first Division I season.

Merrimack (20-11, 14-4) became the first school to win 20 games in its first Division I season, and Hayes extended his NCAA record to 453 career steals.

Devin Jensen had 18 points for Merrimack, which is ineligible for postseason play as it transitions to Division I. Jordan Minor added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Jaleel Lord also scored 11.

Myles Baker had 12 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-26, 3-14). Greg Outlaw added 10 points and seven rebounds. Jamir Reed had nine rebounds. Ian Krishnan, the Blue Devils’ leading scorer coming into the matchup at 10 points per game, scored just six points.

The Warriors improve to 2-0 against the Blue Devils for the season, defeating CCSU 58-46 on Jan. 11. CCSU finishes out the regular season against St. Francis (N.Y.) at home on Saturday.

For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Now Trending on KRQE.com

Video Forecast

Grant's Saturday Night Forecast

More Weather Video Forecast
Albuquerque Hourly Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Photo Gallery