Thursday, November 29, 2007

Foxes "D"-estroy Bucknell

It was all about the Defense for the Marist Red Foxes Wednesday as they shut down and dominated Bucknell in a 55-40 win, their 3rd straight.

The Red Foxes locked down Bucknell in both halves, holding them to a mere 19 points in the first and 21 in the second half, snapping the Bison's 10 game win streak at home.

In fact, the Red Foxes defensive effort was so impressive it marked Marist's fewest points allowed since 1985. The Red Fox 'D' overwhelmed the Bisons, as their uptempo man and intense zone defensive looks held all Bucknell players under double digits.

With the win the Marist Red Foxes improve to 4-3 on the young season and are over .500 for the first time since the opener.

"It was an outstanding defensive effort,"Marist head coach Matt Brady told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "For the most part, we really made them work hard."

On offense, it was a balanced attack for the Red Foxes with eight players scoring and as a team shooting 43 percent from the field. But in the end the defence was the driving force to the victory, something the Red Foxes have excelled at during this 3-game win streak.

"We won the game playing defense, obviously," Ryan Stilphen told the Journal.

Marist will next face Wright State at home Saturday where they have dominated winning 14 of their last 15 games dating back to last season.

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