The Marist men's basketball team will host the Fairfield Stags on Sunday, March 3 in the concluding game of both squad's regular season at 2 p.m. The Red Foxes (9-20, 5-12 MAAC) will face off with the Stags (17-13, 9-8 MAAC) in a game that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com.
Prior to the contest at 1:45 p.m., Marist will recognize five members of its program, who'll appear for the final time in competition at McCann: Devin Price, Dorvell Carter, Jesse Martin and managers Greg Fahey and Austin Drakes.
Marist vs. Fairfield ...
This will be the 49th matchup between Marist and Fairfield. The Red Foxes are 20-28 all-time versus the Stags.
In their last 10 matchups, Fairfield is 9-1, with eight consecutive wins over Marist.
Jan. 27, 2013 at Fairfield, Fairfield 71 - Marist 37
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
Red Foxes & Stags, January 24, 2013 ...
Marist fell on the road to a hot shooting Fairfield team by a score of 71-37 in a MAAC game on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Anell Alexis led Marist with 10 points. Alexis shot 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range.
Adam Kemp had six points and a team-high six rebounds.
Fairfield shot .592 from the field (29-for-49) and .500 from three-point range (11-for-22).
Fairfield jumped out to an early 11-3 lead by the 15:54 mark.
Marist quickly got back into it with a 7-0 run to tighten the game to an 11-10 score.
A 24-6 response by Fairfield over the next 8:25 broke the game open and set Marist back 35-16 at 4:54.
The hot outside shooting by the Stags continued for the remainder of the half. After 20 minutes of action, Fairfield held a 41-21 lead on the strength of 60.7 percent (17-28) field goal shooting and 50.0 percent (5-10) accuracy from three-point range.
The second half unfolded with a similar storyline as the Stags deposited 57.1 percent (12-21) of their shots from the field and 50.0 (4-8) from distance. The hosts would extend their lead to a final score of 71-37.
Last Time Out ... March 1 at Siena ...
Marist earned a hard-fought win on the road versus MAAC rival Siena by a score of 76-74.
In a game with 11 ties and six lead changes, a well-rounded team effort on both sides of the ball allowed the Red Foxes to come back and defeat the Saints.
Though the night was billed as Siena's O.D. Anosike's final home game, it was his counterpart in the low-post, Adam Kemp, who finished with the top accolades. The junior registered game-high totals of 24 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. This was Kemp's third 20+ point and 10+ rebound effort of the past 7 games.
Devin Price notched 18 points off the bench with a 5-8 showing from the field and 4-6 shooting from three-point range. Chavaughn Lewis and Jay Bowie rounded out the squad's leading scorers with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Down seven at 19-12, the Red Foxes quickly came back with back-to-back three-pointers by Price from the wing at 9:34 and 8:40. The senior would notch his third consecutive successful trey less than two minutes later at 6:42 to tie the game at 23-23.
After trailing 47-45 at 13:37, Marist would go on a 7-0 run that would put the Red Foxes in the driver seat for the remainder of the game. The whole array of Marist's offense was on display during that short run as Price knocked down a three-pointer, Kemp took an alley-oop from Price for a thunderous dunk and Lewis used his speed and agility to slash to the hoop for a layup.
Scouting the Stags ...
Fairfield comes into Sunday's game off of a record-setting performance in futility versus Manhattan on Friday evening. In the second-lowest scoring game since the institution of the shot clock in 1986, the Stags were defeated by the Jaspers, 34-31. Including Friday's game, Fairfield is 2-3 over its last five games with wins over Iona (66-64) and Siena (74-52).
Individually, the Stags are a defensive-minded team with just one player who averages over 8.8 points per game. Senior Derek Needham is the team's offensive leader with a 14.5 points per game and 3.2 assists per game average. Freshman Amadou Sidibe leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game.