The Marist men’s basketball team put up its best offensive effort in nearly a month, but it was not enough to defeat Iona as the Gaels beat the Red Foxes 86-82.
The 82 points is the most the Red Foxes have scored since Dec. 16 against Maine, also the team’s last win. This was Marist’s sixth loss in a row.
Both teams came out of the gates playing quick and aggressive basketball, and Marist used a 10-0 run over 72 seconds to take a 21-14 lead. Iona led for only 43 seconds the rest of the half, as Marist went into the break with a 45-43 lead. Devin Price had four threes and 17 of his 25 points in the first half.
Marist built up as large as an 11-point lead in the second half, but with three-pointers from Sean Armand and Momo Jones the Gaels stormed back with a 13-0 run and took a 68-66 lead. The squads then went back and forth until Iona extended its lead to six with under two minutes to go, and Marist was unable to get any closer than three after that.
A major reason for Iona’s turnaround was Marist’s struggle with the full-court press.
“We caved into it,” Marist head coach Chuck Martin said of the press. “We executed really well in the half-court, then we just caved into the pressure. We had no composure at the end. You have to play to win. I thought our kids played well, but at the end I thought they played to hold on, to not lose.”
Devin Price finished with 27 points, and Chavaughn Lewis added 23 for the Red Foxes. Adam Kemp had a double-double, with 13 points and 11 rebounds, as well as five blocks. Isaiah Morton added 15 points.
The three-point shooting was a strong point for the Red Foxes. They shot 61.9 percent from beyond the arc, as Price was 6-10, Morton was 3-5 and Lewis made all four of his attempts.
For Iona (10-6, 4-1 MAAC), Jones led the way with 26 points.
Marist (4-12, 1-4 MAAC) will go on the road for its next two games. On Sunday the Red Foxes will play at Manhattan at 2:00 p.m., followed by a matchup with Loyola on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
“”We got another game in a couple days,” Price said. “Have to have a short memory, just move on to the next one.”