The Red Foxes had a rough day. Nothing seemed to go right for Marist (1-3) in their Thanksgiving Day loss to the West Virginia University Mountaineers (1-1) by a score of 87-44. Marist kept it close during the first few minutes of their Old Spice Classic opening game but it would be a full on blown out from the 15 minute mark forward.
Marist had no answer for WVU’s high pressure defense that caused 14 first half turnovers. Steals, errant passes and tightly contested shots were the order of the day. West Virginia’s offense on the other hand would not be stopped once they got the ball rolling.
West Virginia more than doubled up Marist at the half as they lead 51-19. Once the two teams came back out for the second half the Mountaineers fell back into a more relaxed defensive shell, but Marist still had trouble getting off quality looks at the basket.
Freshman guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson lead the way offensively for WVU pouring in 15 and 14 points respectively.
Marist’s leading scorer was sophomore point guard Isaiah Morton who had 10 points off the bench and also contributed 6 assists. Junior center Adam Kemp looked strong early but then the ball stopped coming his way and he finished with 6 points, shooting 2 of 3 from the field. Kemp did manage to pull down 9 rebounds, just one shy of his season average.
This game was filled with teachable moments for Coach Martin heading forward. The rest of the Old Spice Classic will be no cake walk for Marist either as the tournament is filled with tough non-conference schools. Marist will play their next game tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. on ESPN U against an opponent TBA.