POUGHKEEPSIE - The Marist men’s basketball team scored its highest total in 19 years on Saturday, as the Red Foxes defeated Virginia Military Institute 112-74 at McCann Arena in a Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters contest.
Sophomore swingman Chavaughn Lewis turned in career highs with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Lewis also had six assists and tied his career high with five steals.
Sophomore point guard Isaiah Morton had the first double-double of his career, with 11 points and a career-high 13 assists. Sophomore guard T.J. Curry scored an efficient 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field, 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range and a 2-for-2 effort from the free-throw line.
After missing four straight games due to an injury, senior guard Devin Price returned to action and scored 20 points.
The Red Foxes broke out to an 18-11 lead by the 15:36 mark of play, and would extend their lead to a 19-point margin at 32-13. Long range accuracy and feeding Adam Kemp down low would bolster this streak as Marist hit two treys and its center netted six points on three consecutive baskets in the paint.
The Red Foxes stretched their lead to 32 points at 50-18 following a Morton layup at 3:48. VMI would cut their deficit to 19 as the teams broke for half time.
In the second half, the teams traded baskets for the opening seven-plus minutes as the Red Foxes’ lead constantly hovered in the 16 to 22-point range.
Up 38 at 102-64, the Red Foxes would close the game out over the final minutes at 112-74. The fans at McCann Arena were treated to back-to-back three pointers by senior Jesse Martin and junior Pat Ramsey in this last stretch.
The 38-point margin of victory was the program’s largest since Jan. 21, 1995 when Marist defeated St. Francis (NY) 93-54.
Marist will return to MAAC action on Friday, March 1st with a road meeting at Siena.