|Hayden Bird Scores 23 to Lead MCLA Men in Road Win|
|10:18PM / Thursday, December 06, 2018|
NASHUA, N.H. -- MCLA's Joaquin Scullark and Hayden Bird each scored 23 points as they helped spark the Trailblazers to a 75-64 road victory over the Rivier Raiders.
The Trailblazers snapped a four-game slide to improve to 2-6 on the season. Rivier dropped to 1-8 overall.
Scullark completed the double double with 11 rebounds. He was 8-for-16 from the floor. Drury High graduate Bird went 8-for-15 from the floor for his 23 point night.
MCLA led 37-31 at the half and never lost the lead over the final twenty minutes of play. Rivier cut the deficit to just three points at 56-53 at the 9:23 mark before MCLA answered. Scullark's two free throws started a 7-0 run that pushed the lead back out to double digits at 63-53 with just five minutes left.
Rivier never got closer than eight points over the final few minutes of action and MCLA preserved the lead by making their free throws. The Trailblazers were 15-17 from the line in the second half alone.
Mike Demartinis ended with 15 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the line. MCLA shot 40% from the floor and overcame 18 turnovers in the win.
Rivier was paced by Jalen Watson's 16 point effort. Jake Santiago came off the bench to add 12 points while Nate Hale ended with 11.
The Trailblazers will wrap up semester play on Monday at home when they host Union at 7 p.m.