The 2012-2013 Marist men’s basketball season tips off on Friday as the Red Foxes take on Stony Brook at 9:00 p.m. in the McCann Arena. Take a look at a scouting report on Stony Brook:
Location: Stony Brook, N.Y.
Conference: America East
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell (eighth season)
2011-2012 Record: 22-10 overall, 14-2 conference
The Seawolves will return two starters and nine players overall from last year’s squad that won the America East regular season championship. The returners include Tommy Brenton, a 6-foot-5 senior who does it all on the floor. Last season, Brenton filled up the stat sheet with 7.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Junior guard Dave Coley also returns for Stony Brook, who scored 10.0 points per game in 2011-2012.
“Real physical team,” Marist head coach Chuck Martin said of the Seawolves. “The most physical team I’ve seen at this level in a long time. They’re the best defensive team in the America East, number one in the league in points allowed, thirteenth in the country regardless of leagues. That’s a unbelievable stat. And they’re one of the better rebounding teams in the country, so clearly head coach Steve Pikiell emphasizes toughness, rebounding the ball and defense, so we have to be able to match that intensity on our end.”
For the Red Foxes, the expected starting lineup is as follows, via Martin:
T.J. Curry, 6-1 sophomore guard
Devin Price, 6-1 senior guard
Chavaughn Lewis, 6-5 sophomore guard/forward
Jay Bowie, 6-5 junior guard/forward
Adam Kemp, 6-10 junior forward
The most notable change from last year’s lineup is T.J. Curry getting the start over Isaiah Morton at point guard. Morton started all but one game (senior day) last season, but Curry came in to this season slimmed down having put in a lot of work in the offseason and earned the starting spot.
Devin Price, the lone senior in the starting lineup, was selected to the third team All-MAAC last season and was a preseason pick for the same team this season. His 13.6 points per game last season was second only to Chavaughn Lewis, who scored 14.4 per game in his rookie year. Bowie and Kemp have also been consistent starters in their time with Marist.
New to the Red Foxes who could see their first playing time are two freshmen, Eric Troug and Phillip Lawerence.
Martin mentioned the importance of intensity, something that this Marist team will likely have no shortage of in front of the home crowd. The Red Foxes were 10-4 in the McCann Arena last season.
“I think the guys are really excited,” Martin said. I think one of the things we have to do as a staff is maybe settle these guys down a little bit, they can’t wait to get started Friday night. They’ve been playing each other for two months, so and I think they’re just sick and tired of practice. They want to see how good they are and compete against someone else.”