SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Marist men's basketball team begins play at the 2012 MAAC Championship on Friday with an Opening Round matchup versus Saint Peter's. The contest between the 8th-seeded Red Foxes and 9th-seeded Peacocks is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Springfield's MassMutual Center. The winner of the game will move on to meet the top-seeded Iona Gaels on Saturday.
THE REGULAR SEASON: Marist concluded the 2011-12 regular season at 13-17 overall and 7-11 in MAAC play. The Red Foxes enter the tournament on a two game winning streak. Overall, they've won six of their last eight games. Marist is led by two All-MAAC selections: Devin Price, an All-MAAC Third Team honoree and Chavaughn Lewis, a MAAC All-Rookie team member.
ON THE AIR: All of Marist's tournament games will be broadcast live on WKIP (1450 AM) in Poughkeepsie. Dean Darling will be providing the play-by-play for the tournament. He will be joined by Ed Weir on color. The broadcast will also be available online at GoRedFoxes.com free of charge. The pregame show will begin 30 minutes to game time each day. Beginning Saturday, all MAAC action will be aired nationally on ESPN3. The Championship game on Monday, March 5 will be televised on ESPN2.
MARIST vs. SAINT PETER'S
2011-12: The Red Foxes swept a pair of regular season games versus the Peacocks for their first sweep of a conference opponent since 2007-08. Marist had four players average 9.5 or more points a game in the two meetings; Chavaughn Lewis (13.5), Devin Price (13.0), Jay Bowie (9.5) and Adam Kemp (9.5). Marist outscored Saint Peter’s by an average of 11.5 points.
FIRST MEETING: A strong second half of play in which Marist outscored Saint Peter’s by 16 points led the Red Foxes to a 71-67 win at the McCann Arena on January 2.
Anell Alexis led a trio of Red Foxes in double figures with the team’s first double-double of the 2011-12 season, 14 points-11 rebounds.
On the strength of their defense (Marist shot 27.6 percent) and 46.4 percent (13-28) shooting Saint Peter’s held a 12 point lead at halftime, 33-21.
Chavaughn Lewis (14) and Adam Kemp (13) joined Alexis in double figures.
SECOND MEETING: On Feb. 9, the Red Foxes earned their first road win of the season with a 66-47 victory over Saint Peter’s in Jersey City.
Marist had three runs of 7-0 or more in the contest. A 20-4 run in the second half turned a 36-28 game into a 56-32 game with 5:50 left to play.
Devin Price led a trio of Red Foxes in double figures with 20 points. Jay Bowie and Chavaughn Lewis each had 13.
Bowie and Lewis led Marist with 8 rebounds each, while R.J. Hall led with 5 assists in a season-high 22 minutes.
ALL-TIME HISTORY: Since joining the MAAC prior to the 1997-98 season, Marist has a record of 17-13 against Saint Peter’s. The Red Foxes are 18-20 all-time versus the Peacocks.
MAAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This is the first-ever MAAC postseason meeting between the two programs. After Friday's first-ever matchup, Marist will have only yet to meet Loyola and Manhattan in MAAC Tournament action.
ON THE NATIONAL SCENE: (Last NCAA Update, Monday, Feb. 27):
With five players on the team with ten or more blocked shots, Marist’s average of 4.5 per game ranks it 51st amongst Division 1 competitors.
The Red Foxes trail national leader Kentucky, who blocks 9.1 shots a game and are tied with Old Dominion and Alabama with 4.5 rejections per game.
Marist’s 73.0 free throw conversation rate ranks 53rd.
Individually, Adam Kemp is 38th in the nation with 2.3 blocked shots and 140th with 7.3 rebounds per game.
Devin Price is 129th with an 80.7 free throw percentage.
Chavaughn Lewis is 134th with 1.6 steals per contest.
Scoring Offense - 68.3 ... 170th
Scoring Defense - 73.0 ... 300th
Field Goal Percentage - 41.4 % ... 269th
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game - 6.4 ... 134th
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage - 35.7 % ... 113th
Free-Throw Percentage - 73.0 % ... 53rd
Assists Per Game - 12.0 ... 242nd
Blocked Shots Per Game - 4.5 ... 51st
Steals Per Game - 5.8 ... 244th
Personal Fouls Per Game - 16.3 ... 42nd