NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – The Marist men’s basketball team (7-11, 2-5 MAAC) lost the second game of their Western New York road trip to the host Niagara Purple Eagles (8-11, 3-4 MAAC) by a score of 86-67. The Red Foxes were led by junior Devin Price (Inglewood, Calif.), who notched his fourth twenty point game of the season. Sophomore Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) also highlighted Marist’s play with his second double-double of the year with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The contest began with Marist taking an early 3-2 on a Price three-pointer, but unfortunately their lead was short-lived, as Niagara ran off a quick 11-0 run between 18:46 and 16:11. Five consecutive points by sophomore Jay Bowie (Tampa, Fla.), who was making his first-ever appearance off the bench, helped the Red Foxes shave three points off the 10-point deficit.
Freshman Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) was the next Red Fox to put together consecutive points as he followed up his successful layup with two good free throws. This four point streak brought Marist within six points at 18-12 with 13:57 to go.
From this point through the remainder of the half, efficient Niagara offense was the story as the Purple Eagles connected on six three-pointers over the final 13:27 and on 45.5 percent of their field goal attempts. Marist struggled to answer the host team and went into the locker room at halftime down 46-32.
A quick glance at the half time statistics showed that Price was the leading scorer for the Red Foxes with 12 points on two treys and six free throws. As a team, Marist shot 84.2 percent (16-19) from the foul line.
In the second half, the Red Foxes had a hard time chipping away at the 14-point halftime deficit as Niagara continued shooting in the mid-40s at 44.4 percent (16-36). Antoine Mason’s 15 points helped the Purple Eagles increase their differential to a final total of 19 at 86-67.
Marist finished with three players in double figures as Price finished with 20 points, Lewis with 15 and Kemp with 10. In both Lewis and Kemp’s cases they each notched 10 of their points at the foul line. Overall, the Red Foxes shot 86.1 percent (31-36) from the charity strip for the game. Kemp also corralled a game-high 12 rebounds to earn his second double-double in three games.
Marist will be in action on Friday, Jan. 20 when they host Manhattan in a 9 p.m. game that will be aired on ESPN3.com.