POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - After a weekend of MAAC play and a week off for final exams, the Marist Men's Basketball team will be back in non-conference this Sunday at 2 p.m. at McCann Arena when they welcome the Maine Black Bears in a return visit from last season's Bracketbuster game.
This will be the second game of the weekend as Maine will play at West Point versus Army on Friday evening.
Marist vs. Maine ...
The Red Foxes are 3-1 all-time versus the Black Bears.
2/18/12 at Maine: Marist 77 - Maine 71
1/7/84 at Marist: Marist 59 - Maine 57
2/8/82 at Marist: Marist 81 - Maine 64
2/21/81 at Maine: Maine 96 - Marist 67
This is the first home matchup between the two schools since Jan. 7, 1984 when Marist hosted and defeated Maine, 59-57.
Marist vs. America East ...
The Red Foxes are 20-29 all-time vs the America East Conference with records of 7-9 vs. Vermont, 4-5 vs. Albany, 3-1 vs. Maine, 3-2 vs. Hartford, 2-3 vs. Stony Brook, 2-3 vs. New Hampshire, 0-2 vs. Binghamton, 1-4 vs. Boston Univ.
This season Marist is 0-1 with a 60-57 season opening loss to Stony Brook at home.
Red Foxes & Black Bears, February 18, 2012 ...
Paced by career high totals in points, rebounds and assists from Chavaughn Lewis, Marist earned a 77-71 victory at Maine in a Sears BracketBusters contest at Memorial Gym.
Marist ran its lead to as much as 16 early in the second half before Maine chipped away at it. The Red Foxes' lead was cut to two when Lewis drained a three-pointer with 5:51 to play. Marist then closed the game out by hitting six of its eight free-throw attempts over the final 1:07.
Lewis finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He was joined in double digits by Devin Price (16), Isaiah Morton (10) and Manny Thomas (10).
Marist finished ‘11-12 non-conference play at 6-6.
Last Time Out ... Dec. 9 vs. Canisius ...
In an early season battle for a 2-0 mark in MAAC play, hot shooting from beyond the arch by the visiting Golden Griffins upended Marist by a score of 94-82.
Up by a score of 23-18 with 7:06 left to play in the first half and the Golden Griffins extended their lead to 19 with a 20-6 run over the next 5:55.
The story of the 43-26 first half was an 8-0 advantage for Canisius in made three pointers and a 30-16 lead in total rebounds. The Golden Griffins' power forward Chris Manhertz had 13 individual rebounds.
Marist's final attempt to get back into the game came in the final five minutes of the second period. After 2 made free throws by Isaiah Morton brought the score to 80-64, the Red Foxes would continue to cut into Canisius' lead at a 16-8 rate. Chavaughn Lewis highlighted this run with a rim-shaking dunk off of an intercepted pass and sprint out, as well as with a trey off of a Price assist. Jay Bowie added two three pointers to augment Lewis' offense.
With the score 88-80 with 1:49 in the half, Canisius held on by scoring 6 of the final 8 points to make the score 94-82.
In the prior 35 meetings between the two schools, this was the highest point total by the winning team, losing team and combined with 176. In the previous matchups, a 166-point combined total in Canisius' 85-81 win in 2005 was the series high.
As a team Marist scored 56 points in the second frame.
Individually, Price led four Red Foxes in double digits with 25 points; Lewis (18), Bowie (14). Adam Kemp tallied his third double-double of the 2012-13 season with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Scouting Maine ...
The Black Bears are in the midst of a three-game road trip of which they will play at West Point versus Army on Friday, Dec. 14 before facing off with the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, Dec. 16. Coming into this weekend, Maine has a 3-6 record with wins over Siena (72-66), Northeastern (76-73) and Fisher College (97-42). They are 1-5 on the road so far in 2012-13.
Maine has a trio of double-digit scorers with Justin Edwards (16.3 ppg, 4.1 apg) leading the way. Alasdair Fraser averages nearly a double-double with 12.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg and Xavier Pollard comes in with a 10.6 ppg and a team-high 4.5 apg.