The Marist men’s basketball season came to an end on Friday night with a 70-64 loss to Siena in the first round of the MAAC tournament at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
The Red Foxes beat Siena a week ago in Albany behind a big performance from Adam Kemp, but the Saints were able to contain Kemp and capitalize from three-point range.
“Pretty good game, back and forth,” Marist head coach said. “Got to give Siena credit. They made plays at the end when they had to.”
The first half was a battle between each team’s stars, as Chavaughn Lewis had 14 points and four rebounds through 20 minutes, and Siena’s O.D. Anosike had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Neither team was able to break away, and the Saints took a 32-31 lead into the break.
With the Saints leading 40-37 at the 15:27 mark of the second half, Anosike picked up his third foul, but he stayed in the game and scored the Saint’s next six points. Marist trailed by no more than five over the next several minutes, thanks Jay Bowie scoring 11 of his points in the first eight minutes of the half. Marist took a brief lead on a T.J. Curry lay-in with just over nine minutes to play, but it lasted for just 27 seconds, when Rakeem Brookins hit two free throws for the Saints.
Adam Kemp tied the game at 51 at the seven minute mark, and Marist retook the lead on two Bowie free throws less than a minute later. The Red Foxes kept this lead until a Rob Poole three tied the game at 60 and forced a Marist timeout with 3:47 to go.
After Siena took a three-point lead, Jay Bowie tied the game with a three at 64 with 1:41 to go. That turned out to be the last points the Red Foxes would score this season. The game was the last for senior captain Devin Price, who scored three points.
“It’s going to be the toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with,” Price said. “I’m truthfully at a loss for words. This sucks.”
Lewis finished with 24 points to lead the Red Foxes. Bowie added 16 points, and Kemp contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
For Siena, Anosike led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Rob Poole added 19, including 5-7 from three-point range.