POUGHKEEPSIE - In a hard fought game, the Marist men’s basketball team was defeated by Siena by a score of 79-75. Hot shooting by the visitors led to a win for the Saints (5-16, 3-7 MAAC).
The Red Foxes (5-16, 2-8 MAAC) were led by a quartet of double digit scorers as sophomore Chavaughn Lewis netted a game-high 23 points, as well as eight rebounds. Senior Devin Price in his first game back from an ankle injury registered 18 points on the strength of four three-pointers. Sophomore Isaiah Morton and junior Adam Kemp rounded out the leading scorers for Marist with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Kemp augmented his scoring with 13 rebounds and four blocks.
The action began fast and in favor of the host Red Foxes as they jumped out to a 14-4 lead over the first 5:21 of play. A well-rounded effort included points from four Marist players; led by Morton’s five.
Unfortunately, for the Red Foxes, the hot shooting that steered them to that lead would fade and the frigidness of the Saints’ offense would thaw. In a 4:58 span of play from 11:40 to 6:42, the Saints would turn that 13-point deficit into a 2-point margin of 27-25 via a 15-4 run.
Siena would extend their streak further down the stretch, taking a 41-33 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Siena built up their largest lead at 66-51 at the 12:55 mark. The Red Foxes would fight back with a 13-1 run, though. Kemp and Lewis would each net four points during the comeback.
Down nine, Marist had one final rebuttal for the Saints, an 11-5 run from 7:00 to 00:40. Unfortunately, that would be the last gasp for Marist.
Marist will be back on the court on Thursday, January 31st with a road match-up in Jersey City versus Saint Peter’s. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.