Marist comes into this meeting with Loyola having lost each of their last 7 games and 8 of their last 10. Throughout the losing streak, few things have remained consistent. There have been games where the team has been able to score 75 or more points (Charleston, Iona), and there have been games where they’ve held opponents to under 75 points, (Bucknell, Hartford, Canisius, Manhattan), but neither of the two have overlapped. This inconsistency has resulted in the Red Foxes being unable to come up with their first win this season.
Record: 12-6 (4-2, MAAC)
Head Coach: Jimmy Patsos (122-123)
Leading Scorer: Dylon Cormier (17.3 ppg)
Last Game: Loss at Rider, 64-57
Marist Red Foxes
Record: 4-13 (1-5, MAAC)
Head Coach: Chuck Martin: 31-97
Leading Scorer: Devin Price, (15.6 ppg)
Last Game: Loss at Manhattan, 65-53
This is the first matchup between the two schools this season. The last time they met, Marist upset eventual MAAC champion Loyola in the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, last season. Marist remains reliant on their two main scorers, Devin Price and Chavaughn Lewis, who have averaged 15.2 and 14.5 points per game this season. For Marist, this game will be a matter of whether or not they are able to bring their “A” game on offense and defense on the same night. There have been games where we have seen each of these at the same time, but the team’s 4-13 record tells just how rare an occurrence this is. In addition to all of this, Marist will likely be without Jay Bowie, who is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and will be forced to rely on freshman Phillip Lawrence, who is returning to his home state of Maryland for the first time this season.
For Loyola, the key is going to be making sure Dylon Cormier (17.3 ppg) and Robert Olson (12.5 ppg) get their shots. Olson just became the 32nd player in Loyola basketball history to reach the 1,000 point threshold this season. The Greyhounds will also benefit from the defense (4th all time in Loyola blocks) and scoring of Erik Etherly. The first team preseason All-MAAC selection is second in Loyola scoring this season with 15.5 points per game.
The two teams tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Projected Starting 5
G- Isaiah Morton
G- Devin Price
F- Chavaughn Lewis
F- Phillip Lawrence
C- Adam Kemp
G- Robert Olson
G- Dylon Cormier
F- Franz Rassman
F- Erik Etherly
F- Anthony Winbush