Marist’s Comeback Falls Short vs. Hawaii at Gulf Coast Showcase

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ESTERO, Fla. — The Marist men’s basketball team suffered a 62-55 loss to Hawaii in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena on Tuesday.


Marist trailed by as much as 21 in the first half before going on a 31-11 run over a 14-minute span between the end of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Red Foxes got as close as one with 10:19 to play, but were unable to capture the lead.


Marist senior guard/forward Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led all scorers with 24 points. Lewis ran his career point total to 1,592, which moved him past Will Whittington into fourth place all-time in program history. He was held scoreless for the first 16:12 of the game, but scored six of Marist’s final eight points of the first half as the Red Foxes cut their deficit to 13 at 35-22 after the first 20 minutes. Lewis then scored 18 of Marist’s 33 second-half points.


Lewis added nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. The rebound and steal totals were team highs; the assist total tied for the team lead with junior center Eric Truog (Chagrin Falls, Ohio).


Junior forward Phillip Lawrence (Baltimore, Md.) had a career-high 11 points and added four rebounds. Senior forward Manny Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed five points and four rebounds, and helped spark Marist’s comeback on the defensive end. Freshman guard K.J. Lee (Huntington Station, N.Y.) played all 40 minutes in his second career start, and totaled four points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist.


Garrett Nevels led Hawaii with 18 points. Aaron Valdes scored 10 and added a game-high 16 rebounds. Mike Thomas contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.


Hawaii held a 42-28 edge in rebounds. However, the Red Foxes forced 17 Hawaii turnovers while committing 13.


Marist is now 0-4; Hawaii is 5-2.


Marist will close out tournament play on Wednesday against Fresno State. Tip-off is set for noon.

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