The Marist men’s basketball team’s MAAC season got off to a good, yet a little scary, start as the Red Foxes defeated Manhattan 62-58 in the McCann Arena on Friday night.
“I’m really proud of these kids to bounce back after a disappointing Army game,” head coach Chuck Martin said. “Tonight they really demonstrated how tough they were. They hung in there at got the job done.”
Marist got out in front early and didn’t trail until the 3:02 mark of the second half. Manhattan used a 18-2 run to take a 58-55 lead, but a Jay Bowie three with just under two minutes left tied the game at 58. A Chavaughn Lewis free throw gave Marist the lead again, and Isaiah Morton added one more to bring the lead to 60-58 with 6.2 seconds left. After Manhattan’s Shane Richards stepped out of bounds on the inbounds play with two seconds left, Devin Price made two free throws to cement the win for the Red Foxes.
“”It shows how far this team has come,” Price said. “We were able to bounce back pretty quickly. It show our maturity. I think it really demonstrates the kind of locker room that we have, that we stick together, we’re a tough group.”
Lewis finished the game with 17 points to lead Marist, 14 of which came in the first half. Bowie added 11 points and Isaiah Morton netted 10 points and dished out five assists.
Price started the game with 995 career points. After a jumper to start the game and two free throws, he hit a three-pointer around the eight-minute mark to go over the 1,000 point mark, becoming the first player to do so during Chuck Martin’s five-year tenure. Price finished the game with 14 points.
“It’s a milestone,” Price said. “I wish I had family here to see it, but it’s something to take with me, it’s something I take pride in. When my time here is over, it’s something I’ll be proud of and something I’ll be able to talk about for a long time.”
For Manhattan, Michael Alvarado led the way with 19 points off the bench.
The Red Foxes will next take on Canisius at home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The Golden Griffins are 5-1 overall and 1-0 in MAAC play, with a win over Fairfield tonight.