Marist defeats Fresno State in Gulf Coast Showcase finale

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ESTERO, Fla. – The Marist men’s basketball team defeated Fresno State 68-64 on Wednesday in the seventh-place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase, giving head coach Mike Maker his first victory with the Red Foxes.


Senior guard/forward Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes in points (28), rebounds (seven), blocks (three), assists (three) and steals (two). Lewis moved into third place on the program’s all-time scoring list, and now has 1,620 career points.


Junior forward Phillip Lawrence (Baltimore, Md.) set a career high in scoring for the second straight game with 19 points. Lawrence shot 5-for-8 from the field, 3-for-3 from three-point range and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.


Junior forward Manny Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) gave the Red Foxes three double-digit scorers with 13 points. Thomas shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, and hit three free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the victory.


Freshman point guard K.J. Lee (Huntington Station, N.Y.) played all 40 minutes for the second straight game, and had six points, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers. Junior center Eric Truog (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) tied his career high with six rebounds.


Fresno State was led by Marvelle Harris, who had 17 points, six assists and six rebounds.


There were four lead changes in the first 4:14, but a basket by Lewis gave Marist a 7-6 lead with 15:46 left in the first half, and the Red Foxes led the rest of the way. A 13-3 over a span of 7:23 late in the first half gave the Red Foxes a 14-point lead, and Marist led 33-22 at halftime.


Marist led by as much as 20 on two separate occasions in the second half, but Fresno State used a 24-8 run to cut the Red Foxes’ lead to four with 2:56 remaining. A basket by Harris brought the Bulldogs to within two with 10 seconds left, but Thomas drained two free throws on Marist’s next possession.


Marist is 1-4; Fresno State is 1-5. The Red Foxes return to action on Monday, Dec. 1 at Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and the contest will air on ESPN3.


Notes: Lewis only trails Rik Smits (1,945 career points) and Steve Smith (2,077) on Marist’s all-time scoring list. He paced Izett Buchanan (1,593) in Wednesday’s game, and has jumped from seventh to third in the season’s first five games. … Lewis’ point total was a season high, and was his 30th career game scoring at least 20. … Lewis now has a steal in 30 straight games, dating back to last season. … Lawrence’s career high for scoring entering this season was seven points. He has exceeded that in four of Marist’s five games this season. … Lee played 117 out of a possible 120 minutes in the tournament, and had just three turnovers. … The Marist bench played a total of 19 minutes on Wednesday, and 26 minutes on Tuesday. … Thomas scored the Red Foxes’ first three points of the game, all from the foul line, and the final three, all from the foul line.

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