Marist will be heading to Connecticut today to take on Hartford University in the Red Foxes second to last contest before getting into the heart of MAAC play. The contest will take place at the Chase Family Arena at 3:30 p.m. in West Hartford, Connecticut. Here are some facts and analysis on the upcoming match-up with Hartford.
Nickname: The Hawks
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Conference: America East
Head Coach: John Gallagher
2011-2012 record: 9-22, 7-9 conference
Record so far this year (’12-’13): 6-5
It was almost exactly one year ago to the day the last time Marist squared off with Hartford. Marist got the better of their America East foe in the friendly confines of the McCann Arena against a team that had yet to win a game over a month into their season. When the Red Foxes and Hawks play today the script is very different. Hartford is 6-5 so far this year, only 3 wins away from their total for all of last season. The Hawks last game was a week ago in Texas against Rice, where they pulled out an impressive 58-51 win. The team is lead offensively by 6-6 sophomore forward Mark Nwakamma, who comes into the game averaging 12.7 ppg. Hartford also has a reliable #2 option in sophomore guard Yolonzo Moore II with 11.4 ppg. Nwakamma and Moore II also rank one and two respectively in rebounding and assists for Hartford, so containing these two all over the court will be important for Marist. Evan Cooper is the first man off the bench for Coach Gallagher and is averaging 7.9 ppg in his sixth man role. Much like Marist, Hartford loves the three point shot and averages 7.5 three pointers made per game, good enough for 70th best in the country.
Marist takes their 4-7 record into Connecticut hoping to inch its way back to .500 and to take down Hartford on the road for the first time in program history. The Red Foxes last game was a 71-65 loss to Bucknell on the road back on December, 19th. Despite the losing record Marist has played well this season, sometimes looking great in fact such as their defeat of Vanderbilt and their 25 point thrashing of the University of Maine. They have also had their downs, specifically a 34 point loss to Army back on December 4th and the 43 point drubbing by West Virginia back in November. Marist is averaging 75.8 ppg in their last four games however while giving up an average of 73 ppg.
Devin Price has been great this year in his senior season, averaging a team high 15.8 ppg and 12 steals in 11 games. Last year’s leaing scorer Chavaughn Lewis is having a solid sophomore campaign with 11.9 ppg and 47 rebounds on the year. Look for junior center Adam Kemp to make an impact in this game with his 6-10 235 pound frame. Hartford has no true center on their roster and their tallest starter, 6-7 195 pound forward John Peterson, gives up 3 inches and 40 pound to AK down low.
While Hartford does seem to be an improved squad from the one Marist faced last year, the Red Foxes still seem to be poised for a victory. If Price and Lewis can keep up their high scoring totals and Kemp can use his big body to dominate in the paint, Marist should be able to come away with their fifth win today.
Marist College Probable Starting Line-up Hartford Probable Starting Line-up
#11 Isaiah Morton 5-8 Guard #4 Corban Wroe 6-1 Guard
#0 Devin Price 6-1 Guard #15 Yolonzo Moore II 6-2 Guard
#40 Chavaughn Lewis 6-5 Guard/Forward #1 Mark Nwakamma 6-6 Forward
#20 Jay Bowie 6-5 Guard/Forward #43 Nate Sikma 6-6 Forward
#50 Adam Kemp 6-10 Center #12 John Peterson 6-7 Forward