ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - The Marist men's basketball suffered a 68-43 defeat to Maryland in the opening round of the Ezybonds Global Payments Paradise Jam on Friday.

Junior swingman Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with 13 points. Senior center Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) had seven points, a game-high nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

For Maryland, Jake Layman scored a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Layman shot 4-for-6 on three-point attempts. Charles Mitchell added 12 points and eight rebounds.

The first half was a defensive battle on both sides, as there were only seven total points scored in the first six-and-a-half minutes of play. With 7:22 left in the first half, a three-pointer by Layman gave Marist a 17-8 lead. However, Marist answered with an 8-1 run over the next 3:08, and a pair of free throws by red-shirt freshman guard Khallid Hart (Newark, Del.) tied the game at 18 apiece. However, the Terrapins outscored the Red Foxes 8-2 over the remainder of the half to take a 26-20 halftime lead.

Maryland then expanded its lead thanks to a 10-0 run to start the second half, and added a 19-6 run later in the half. The Terrapins’ largest lead was 30.

Maryland shot .436 (24-for-55) for the game, while Marist shot .260 (13-for-50). Maryland held a 43-35 edge in rebounds, and committed 14 turnovers as compared to 19 for Marist.

Marist fell to 0-5 on the season; Maryland improved to 2-2.

Marist returns to action on Saturday, when it takes on Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. EST.