Marist is back on the road for the fifth time in their last seven games today. The game tips off at 2:00 p.m.in Riverdale, N.Y. Live audio will be available through GoRedfoxes.com once the game is under way. Wins have been hard to come by away from the McCann Arena this year as the foxes have just a 2-8 record in away games thus far. This is the second and final meeting between the Redfoxes and the Jaspers in regular season play this year. Marist won the first contest 62-58 at home.
Nickname: The Jaspers
Location: Riverdale, N.Y.
Head Coach: Steve Masiello
2011-2012 record: 21-13, (12-6)
Record so far this year: 4-11 (2-3)
Manhattan comes into today’s game with a two game losing streak and having lost 8 of their last ten games. The Jasper’s are a respectable 2-2 at home so far this year, but they did drop a game at home just this past Thursday to MAAC rival Rider. Manhattan will also likely be playing without two of their top men in George Beamon and Michael Alvarado who have both missed significant time this season. The last time Marist and Manhattan locked horns the Jaspers did an excellent job of containing Adam Kemp. Big number 50 had just 3 points, well below his season’s average of over 7 a game. Kemp was held in check by the solid defensive effort of Manhattan’s junior forward/center Rhamel Brown. Brown contributed only 6 points but he also had 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and many plays that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. Coming into today’s game Brown is Manhattan’s leading scorer at just over 11 ppg and also leads the team in rebounding (106) and blocks (36). With Beamon and Alvarado out of the lineup the Jasper’s have had to turn to some unlikely scorers to put points up on the board. In their loss to Rider on Thursday, role player Shane Richards poured in 18 points off the bench on 6 of 14 shooting from the field.
Marist will also likely be playing at less than full strength as junior forward Jay Bowie continues to battle through nagging injuries that have caused him to miss several games this year. Apart from Bowie being sidelined, the Redfoxes are in the midst of a 6 game losing streak that they desperately need to snap out of if they want to be viewed as contenders in the MAAC this year. Consistency has been the problem for Marist all year. One can never be certain which squad will take the floor, the one that handed SEC’s Vanderbilt University a 17 point shlacking back on November 23rd or the one that suffered a 34 point loss to Army on December 4th. Marist has also yet to beat a MAAC team other than Manhattan this year so a season sweep of the Jasper’s could help to get this team back on track.
Devin Price and Chavaughn Lewis have put up impressive scoring numbers all year for Marist and they will need to do the heavy lifting once again today to come out with a win. Price is averaging a healthy 14.9 ppg and Lewis is right behind him at 14.6 ppg. No one on Manhattan’s roster has the physical size/strength combo that Kemp possesses down low so look for Coach Martin to try exploit those match-ups whenever possible. Freshman forward Phillip Lawrence has been inserted into the starting lineup the past few games in Bowie’s place and has played well, shooting 67% from the floor in his 2 starts.
This game will inevitably come down to who wants it more. Both teams are struggling at the moment and a win for either squad could have a profound effect on the rest of the season. Marist will need to overcome a team just as desperate for a win as they are while also contending with an unfriendly environment. If the trio of Price/Lewis/Kemp can get rolling and the rest of Coach Martin’s squad can provide help whenever necessary, it should be enough to beat an under-manned Manhattan team.
Marist Probable Starting Line-up Manhattan Probable Starting Line-up
#11 Isaiah Morton 5-8 Guard #12 RaShawn Stores 5-11 Guard
#0 Devin Price 6-1 Guard #32 Mohamed Koita 6-4 Guard
#40 Chavaughn Lewis 6-5 Guard/Forward #33 Donovan Kates 6-6 Guard
#35 Phillip Lawrence 6-7 Forward #13 Emmy Andujar 6-6 Forward
#50 Adam Kemp 6-10 Center #5 Rhamel Brown 6-7 Forward/Center