The Marist men's basketball team will face off with the Fairfield Stags Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Bridgeport, Conn. in a game that will be broadcast nation-wide on ESPN3. The Red Foxes (5-14, 2-6 MAAC) come in following a conference victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday, while the Stags (10-10, 2-6 MAAC) are winless in their last five games.
Marist vs. Fairfield ...
This will be the 48th matchup between Marist and Fairfield. The Red Foxes are 20-27 all-time versus the Stags.
In their last 10 matchups, Fairfield is 9-1, with seven consecutive wins over Marist.
Feb. 20, 2012 at Marist, Fairfield 60 - Marist 49
Jan. 29, 2012 at Fairfield, Fairfield 81 - Marist 53
March 5, 2011 at MAACs, Fairfield 55 - Marist 31
Feb. 16, 2011 at Fairfield, Fairfield 64 - Marist 54
Jan. 7, 2011 at Marist, Fairfield 59 - Marist 44
Jan. 21, 2010 at Marist, Fairfield 70 - Marist 50
Dec. 3, 2009 at Fairfield, Fairfield 70 - Marist 61
Feb. 12, 2009 at Marist, Marist 75 - Fairfield 66
Jan. 30, 2009 at Fairfield, Fairfield 68 - Marist 63
Feb. 18, 2008 at Fairfield, Fairfield 87 - Marist 85, 2OT
Red Foxes & Stags, February 20, 2012 ...
Marist fell in a home matchup versus Fairfield by a 60-49 score.
A poor shooting first half proved troublesome for the Red Foxes, who held Fairfield to just four points over the final 7:40.
Chavaughn Lewis led Marist with 19 points scored.
With the game 10-8 at 12:00, the Stags then ran off 13 unanswered points until a Morton foul shot at 1:44 halted the run.
At the half, Marist found itself trailing 28-12. While 47.8 (11-23) percent shooting by Fairfield helped them in their lead, 16.0 (4-25) percent shooting by the Red Foxes put them down 16.
In the second half, the Red Foxes found their offensive stroke as they started out by shooting seven of nine from field, including four of four from long range.
Devin Price highlighted the run which cut the lead to 41-31 at 14:03 with three pointers off of assists by Morton and Lewis.
Over the next 6:23, Fairfield took its turn in getting hot, as the Stags lengthened their lead out to 20 at 56-36 with a 15-5 run.
Marist buckled down defensively from that 7:40 mark and held Fairfield to just four points to close the game, though unfortunately the offense was only able to score 13 points in response.
Individual Statistical Leaders Versus Fairfield (Last 3 Games):
Points: Chavaughn Lewis 14.5 ppg
Rebounds: Jay Bowie 6.5 rpg / Chavaughn Lewis 6.0 rpg
Assists: Chavaughn Lewis 3.5 apg
Field Goal %: Anell Alexis 58.3 FG% (7-12)
3-Point Field Goals: Chavaughn Lewis 2.0 3pt/g
Last Time Out ... Jan. 19 vs. Saint Peter's ...
Marist defeated Saint Peter's 59-48 at McCann Arena on Saturday night. The Red Foxes never trailed in the contest.
Adam Kemp set a career high with 18 rebounds to go along with eight points and two blocks.
Chavaughn Lewis scored a game-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, five steals (career-high) and four assists.
Isaiah Morton had 10 points, a career-high seven rebounds and three assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Marist put on a strong defensive performance. The Red Foxes held the Peacocks to .259 shooting (14-for-54) for the game, and just .111 (2-for-18) from three-point range. Marist also held a 43-30 rebounding edge.
Led by a strong all-around effort, the Red Foxes jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead by 15:17. Four players scored and three had assists.
Following a tip-in by Anell Alexis at 13:05, Marist would find itself with its first double-digit lead of the game at 14-4.
In the second half, Saint Peter's quickly brought the game within single digits at 27-20, but over the next 7:28, Marist would hold the Peacocks to just six points.
The Red Foxes notched 14 points in response to Saint Peter's 6 to turn a seven-point game into a 15-point game at 41-26.
Devin Price's 64-game consecutive start streak ended due to an ankle injury suffered at Loyola.
Scouting Fairfield ...
Coming off of a six-game winning streak in December through early January, the Stags have recently been tripped in five consecutive MAAC games heading into Thursday. In an odd scheduling run, four of those last five games have been home-and-homes with Niagara and Loyola. Both teams are currently in the number one and two positions in the MAAC, respectively.
Individually, the Stags are led by Preseason All-MAAC First Teamer Derek Needham, who averages 14.5 points and 2.4 made three-pointers a game; he is the sole double-digit scorer on the squad. A pair of freshman forwards Amadou Sidibe (6.3 ppg/5.6 rpg) and Marcus Gilbert (5.7 ppg/3.4 rpg) have infused youth into the Stags' starting lineup.