POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The #10 seed Marist men's basketball team will open play in the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Championship on Thursday, when the Red Foxes play #7 Canisius at the Times Union Center in Albany. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be carried live on ESPN3.
Here are some tournament facts:
Marist enters the championship having won two of its last three, with home victories against Canisius and Quinnipiac before a loss at Siena to end the regular season. The Red Foxes lost their first three games of the season, and then won four out of five (including a three-game winning streak). However, Marist went 2-18 from Dec. 4 until Feb. 17. Red-shirt senior guard Khallid Hart was named Second Team All-MAAC. Hart is Marist’s fourth all-time leading scorer (1,863 points), and ranks in the conference’s top 10 in three statistical categories.
Dean Darling (play-by-play) and Ed Weir (color) will have the call for Marist’s games. All games will be broadcast in the Hudson Valley on 1450 AM, 1370 AM and 98.5 FM,. The broadcast will be available on the Red Fox Network and iHeart Radio.
The opening, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds will be carried on ESPN3, with Doug Sherman (play-by-play) and Rob Kennedy (color) on the call. Monday’s championship game will be televised on ESPN2, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (color) on the call.
Top Tournament Tidbits
Khallid Hart is the fifth Red Foxes to earn multiple All-MAAC honors in his career, joining Sean Kennedy, Jared Jordan, Will Whittington, and Chavaughn Lewis. ... In his last four games, Ryan Funk is averaging 17.8 points while shooting 22-for-36 (.611) from the field, 16-for-29 (.552) from three-point range, and 11-for-12 (.917) from the free-throw line. ... Marist is shooting .420 (37-for-88) on three-pointers in its last four games. ... Marist has shot at least 70 percent from the free-throw line in each of its last 10 games. The Red Foxes are shooting .787 (177-for-225) from the line in this span.