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Men's Basketball set to Participate in Old Spice Classic; Game 1 Thursday at Noon

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Release: November 21, 2012
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 22, the Red Foxes will participate in the 2012 Old Spice Classic hosted at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

In the 3-day tournament, Marist will meet new Big 12 member West Virginia in the opening game on Thursday, Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Day - at noon. This game will be televised on ESPN2.

Depending on Marist's result against West Virginia, the Red Foxes will play either Vanderbilt or Davidson on Friday, Nov. 23. The winners' bracket contest will be played on ESPN at 12:30 p.m., while a consolation game will take place at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Red Foxes' results over the first two days will determine their game time and opponent - either UTEP, Oklahoma, Clemson, or Gonzaga - for their final game on Sunday, Nov. 25.

The entire tournament will be televised on the ESPN Family of Networks, with one game on ESPN, seven on ESPN2, three on ESPNU, and one on ESPN3.

Marist Vs. The Field ...

The Red Foxes have never met any of their seven possible opponents. Marist has played 10 games versus ACC (Clemson) opponents, the most of the any of the six conferences represented at the tournament.

Old Spice Classic History ...

Marist was one of the original eight participants in the inaugural Old Spice Classic in 2006.

2006: HISTORY REVISITED

Game 1: Marist 63 - Minnesota 56:

Marist seniors Jared Jordan and James Smith each tallied double-doubles as the Red Foxes defeated Minnesota 63-56 in the first round game of the Old Spice Classic. Marist, which led the entire contest, captured its first win against an opponent from the Big 10.

Game 2: Arkansas 73 - Marist 64:

Future NBA players, Patrick Beverly had 15 points and Sonny Weems posted a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 73-64 victory Friday in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic over Marist.

Game 3 (Third Place): Marist 89 - Western Michigan 78:

Jared Jordan finished with a game-high 30 points and nine assists to lead the Red Foxes to an 89-78 victory over Western Michigan in the third place game of the Old Spice Classic.

JORDAN EARNS OLD SPICE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

After the completion of the tournament, Jordan was also named the Old Spice Classic's Most Outstanding Player after averaging 20.7 points, 9.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds over the course of three games.

Last Time Out ... Nov. 17 at Columbia ...

For the contest, Marist outshot Columbia 44.4 (24-54) to 37.3 (19-51) from the field and 40.0 (8-20) to 33.3 (4-12) from three-point range. With strong defending and clutch shot-making down the stretch, the Marist (1-2) earned a come-from-behind victory at Columbia (2-1) by a score of 67-62.

Down two points at the half, the Red Foxes outscored the Lions 40-33 in the second half to get the five-point victory, their first of the season.

Chavaughn Lewis led Marist with 19 points. Devin Price was a close second in scoring with 16 points and four three-pointers.

Isaiah Morton added nine points on three three-pointers off of the bench in 18 minutes of play.

Scouting West Virginia ...

The Mountaineers, a first-year member of the Big 12, are 0-1 on the young 2012-13 season with a, 80-54 loss on the road to Gonzaga on Nov. 12. They are led by the big man duo of Deniz Kilicli and Aaric Murray. Kilicli, a 6-9 forward had 21 double-figure scoring games in '11-12, while Murray is a 6-10 center, who transfered in from La Salle where he left as the team's leading scorer, rebounder and blocker in '10-11. Fellow transfers Juwan Staten (Dayton) and Matt Humphrey (Boston College) join Murray in the starting lineup.

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