STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Marist’s men’s basketball team fell to Stony Brook 71-55 in its season opener at Pritchard Gymnasium on Friday.
For the Red Foxes, junior Isaiah Morton (Vineland, N.J.) lead with 15 points, claiming a team-high three 3-point field goals while going 4-4 in free throws. Now seven points from his 1,000th career point, junior Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) posted 14 points, three rebounds, and an assist and a steal. Also for Marist, senior Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) tallied nine rebounds, while junior Manny Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed four assists and senior Pieter Prinsloo (Johannesburg, South Africa) had four blocks.
The Red Foxes shot 30.2 percent (16-53) from the field, while capitalizing on over 77 percent of their free throws, hitting 17 of 22. Marist was 6-for-27 from three-point range.
After capitalizing on seven free throws, Marist led 14-11 halfway through the first half. With a minute and a half remaining until halftime, Stony Brook tied the game at 29-all on a layup. The Red Foxes would take their last lead of the game on a free throw before Stony Brook went on an 8-0 run to claim a 37-30 lead going into halftime. The first half would see four tied scores and eight lead changes between the two teams.
Stony Brook started the second half with an eight-point run before Lewis nailed a jumper. With 13 minutes left in regulation, the Red Foxes pulled to within nine points, trailing 50-41, but the Seawolves answered with a 14-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 19. In the second half, Marist was only able to hit eight of its 28 field goal attempts, while finding the net three times from three-point range. The Red Foxes went 6-for-8 (75 percent) from the free throw line.
Stony Brook’s Anthony Jackson led all scorers with 22 points. Jameel Warney added 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Marist moves on to host non-conference opponent Elon at the McCann Arena on Sunday in its home opener. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m., and tickets are available for purchase on GoRedFoxes.com.