The Marist men’s basketball season started in heartbreaking fashion on Friday night in the McCann Arena. The Red Foxes took a late lead but were unable to hold off Stony Brook, who won 60-57.
Marist struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, as Stony Brook went into the locker rooms with a 32-25 lead. The Seawolves were aided by three first half three-pointers from Anthony Jackson.
Stony Brook extended their lead to 10 at 38-28, forcing a Marist timeout less than four minutes in. Marist then responded with two quick threes from Chavaughn Lew is and Jay Bowie, and a Lewis put-back tied the game at 40. Stony Brook built the lead back up to six, but a 7-1 run gave the Red Foxes their first lead of the game at 52-51.
That was the only lead Marist would see, though. Stony Brook jumped ahead 60-57, and a Devin Price three-point attempt with less than five seconds left didn’t fall.
“Some good things came out of it,” head coach Chuck Martin said. “We played poorly, and it was a one-possession game at the end. If we stick together and clean some things up, I think we’ll be okay this year.”
Jay Bowie led the Red Foxes with 16 points. Adam Kemp had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Chavaughn Lewis and Devin Price each contributed 10 points. The only bench points for the Red Foxes came in the form of two Isaiah Morton free-throws.
“This is a tough place to play,” Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. “Marist is going to win a lot of games this year, they’re a good team.”
For Stony Brook, Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley each had 13 points while Tommy Brenton added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Marist will next travel to Hamilton, New York to take on Colgate on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.