Courtesy of GoRedFoxes.com
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Marist men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 59-49 loss at Rider on Sunday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. With the loss, The Red Foxes will be the #11 seed in next week’s MAAC Championships, and will face #6 Quinnipiac in the opening round on Thursday at 9 p.m.
Senior guard/forward Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led Marist with 17 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and tied for the team lead with two assists and one steal. Senior guard T.J. Curry (Brooklyn, N.Y.) gave the Red Foxes two double-digit scorers with 14 points to go along with four rebounds.
Rider’s Jimmie Taylor led all scorers with 20 points. Taylor, who shot 7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from three-point range, scored 19 points in the second half. Xavier Lundy added 12 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
Marist did not trail in the first half. The Red Foxes held the Broncs scoreless for the first 5:52, and without a field goal for the first 7:02. A jumper by freshman guard K.J. Lee (Huntington Station, N.Y.) gave Marist its largest lead of the half at nine, as the Red Foxes led 18-9 with 7:27 left in the half. From there, Rider closed the half of a 12-5 run, as Marist took a 23-21 lead to the locker room.
With 15:17 left, Rider took its first lead at 32-30 on a jumper by Teddy Okereafor. A basket by Lee tied the game with 14:16to play, but Rider followed with an 11-0 run over the next 3:58 to take the lead for good. The Broncs’ largest lead was 15.
Marist shot just .347 (17-for-49) from the field and .200 (5-for-25) from three-point range. Rider shot .431 (25-for-58) from the field and .294 (5-for-17) from three-point range.
In the second half, the Broncs outscored the Red Foxes 38-26. Rider shot .571 (16-for-28) from the field and .500 (4-for-8) from three-point range in the final 20 minutes.
Marist finishes the regular season at 6-24 overall and 5-15 in the MAAC. Rider, which will be the #2 seed in the MAAC Championships, is 21-10 overall and 15-5 in the MAAC.
Notes: Lewis now has 2,071 career points. He needs seven more to surpass Steve Smith for first place in program history. … Lewis had his fifth career double-double, and first of the season. His rebound total was two off his career high, which was set on Feb. 23, 2013 against VMI.