Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back on Track

Going into tomorrows match-up against Bucknell the Marist Red Foxes (3-3) find themselves back at sea level. After a 3 game skid in Puerto Rico, the Red Foxes have stormed back in the last two games with a thrilling last second win against Colgate and a thunderous 17-point comeback victory against Richmond on Saturday.

Against Richmond at home, the Red Foxes overcame their first half woes and stormed back in the second rallying from 17 behind to capture a 64-62 victory against the Spiders. In front of 2,373 at McCann, the Red Foxes continued to dominate on their home floor where they have gone 21-2 since the new '6th-man' bleachers were installed 2 years ago.

The Red Foxes had a big second half performance from senior captain Ben Farmer. Farmer headed the Foxes comeback with 14 second half points, including three big 3-pointers, all in front of former teammates Jared Jordan and Will Whittington who were on hand for the game. Foul shooting, which hurt the Red Foxes in losses early in the season, was perfect as Marist shot a lights out 10-10 (Farmer alone went 5-5).

"Everybody played much better in the second half," Brady told the Poughkeepsie Journal, who also highlighted a three-point basket made by Louie McCroskey that made it 57-53. "Other than playing four guards and kind of matching up with them, I thought our kids played with a lot of character."

That character certainly showed with Marist's second half effort. On defense, after letting 6'9 forward Dan Geriot explode for 17 first half points, the Red Foxes clamped down and held him to only 4 points in the second half. On the offensive end, the Red Foxes outscored Richmond 42-39 in what was a nail-biting comeback. With Farmer on fire, Marist got huge baskets late in the game from McCroskey and Spongy which gave the Red Foxes the lead for the first time since early in the first.. and they never looked back.

Other big performances came from freshman guard Jay Gavin (MAAC co-rookie of the week) who chipped in 7 points with his career-high 7 assists and Spongy who had 12 points and 7 bounds. Marist dug- in and came together in the second half getting contributions from key players who were able to step up and made the big play when in mattered...something that seemed unlikely only a week ago.
Marist Student's Memorial Tournament
Tomorrow night (Wednesday 11/28) Marist College will hold its 3rd annual Faculty vs Student Basketball Game in memory of Caitlin Boyle. The event will be at 7:00 at the McCann Center and have free food and prizes. All proceeds will go to the Meningitis Foundation.

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