Thursday, January 10, 2008

2008 Starting off Great

Happy New Year everyone (a little late I know, but I have been on vacation). The Marist Red Foxes have begun the New Year on fire and are winners of 3 straight heading into tomorrows match-up against MAAC rival St.Peters from McCann, where the Red Foxes are 4-0 this season.

Since being mired in a 3 game losing streak that included a hard fought loss to St. Johns at the Garden, the Red Foxes have played some of their best and most exciting basketball of the season.

Starting with a well balanced win against Hoftstra in MSG's Consolation game, which the potential of Louie McCroskey dominance( All-Tournament Team) had to excite fans, the Red Foxes have won a thriller against Rider and had a convincing victory over Manhattan.

While one standout performer of this win streak has been senior forward Ryan Stilphen who scored his 1,000th point (25 player in Marist history to do so) against Rider, the same game he also had a game-winning 3-point play to put the Red Foxes ahead 81-80 in the final seconds....the real standout performer has been freshman guard Jay Gavin,who at the beginning of the season Brady said could eventually become the best player in the MAAC.

Gavin who was name MAAC Rookie of the week for the third time, had monster games of 21 points against Rider and 23 points against Manhattan, a career high.

"Jay, to me, is the epitome of a gym rat," Brady told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "If you look that word up, there's his picture. He's taking 500 to 1,000 shots a day. He told me his New Year's resolution is to do that every day from now until the end of the season. I'm sure he'll double that when the offseason comes."

Gavin is averaging 17.3 points per game in Marist's last three contests. On the season, he is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game, and is also second on the squad with 24 three-pointers made.

Marist will take part in the Take A Kid To The Game initiative on Friday, as all children ages 14 and under will get into the game free with a paid adult admission. The first 300 kids that enter the McCann Center will receive a mini-leather "Rock" basketball courtesy of Anaconda Sports

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