RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Marist men's basketball team closed their regular season slate with Manhattan with a split, as the Red Foxes were unable to repeat their victorious December home performance. Plagued by frigid foul shooting the Red Foxes (4-13, 1-5 MAAC) lost to the Jaspers (5-11, 3-3 MAAC) in Riverdale by a score of 65-53.
Senior Devin Price (Inglewood, Calif.) led all scorers with a game-high 21 points. Sophomore Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) joined Price as the only Red Foxes in double figures, as he registered 12 points, as well as a game- and career-high 10 rebounds.
The host Jaspers jumped out to an early eight point lead of 9-1 by the 16:22 mark. After some back-and-forth trading of baskets, Manhattan would extend its lead to 11 at 12:31, 18-7. A double-digit margin would be held by the Jaspers throughout the rest of the first half as the Red Foxes were never able to get their offense on track.
At the break, Manhattan took a 40-26 lead into the locker room. The Jaspers outshot Marist 68.2 percent (15-22) to 31.8 (7-22). The Red Foxes were unable to capitalize on 15 Manhattan fouls and 22 free throws attempts as they only converted 11.
The second half began with trading of baskets as the game continued at a 14-point margin over the first five minutes.
Down 16 at 48-32 with 13:34 remaining, the Red Foxes made it a single-digit affair with an 8-0 run. Four Red Foxes contributed points as Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) started the run with a dunk off of an Isaiah Morton (Vineland, N.J.) assist.
The game teetered in the eight to 12-point range over the next six minutes of play.
With 4:55 remaining, a pair of converted free throws by freshman Phillip Lawrence (Baltimore, Md.) made it a 55-48 contest. A layup by Kemp, one minute later would again give Marist its lowest deficit of the second half at 57-50. Unfortunately for the Red Foxes, six successful free throws and a made field goal by the Jaspers down the stretch would quell any further comeback attempts.
The game would go final at 65-53 in favor of Manhattan.
For the matchup, the Jaspers outshot the Red Foxes from the field 53.8 percent (21-39) to 31.9 (15-47) and from the foul line 61.3 (19-31) to 56.8 (21-37).
The Red Foxes will next be in action on Thursday, January 17 at Loyola. The opening tip-off in Baltimore is slated for 7:30 p.m.