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MARIST MEN END ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING SEASON

Red Foxes Lose To Niagara In MAAC Tournament Opening Round

ATLANTIC CITY – Another disappointing season is in the books for the Marist College men’s basketball program.

Raheem Solomon’s layup with 3.8 seconds to play gave sixth-seeded Niagara a 56-54 win over No. 11 Marist in the first round of the 2020 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament at Boardwalk Hill in Atlantic City on Tuesday night.

The Red Foxes finished the year at 7-23 overall, their 12th consecutive losing season, the seventh time with single-digit victories during that span and fifth straight year of losing in the opening round of the conference tournament.

Marist’s last winning season was in 2007-08 when it went 18-14.

 

The Foxes had beaten Niagara twice during the regular season but found itself in a tight battle with the Purple Eagles in Atlantic City. The lead changed hands 13 times and there were four ties in the first half, with neither team leading by more than four. The final lead change of the first half came when Niagara’s Marcus Hammond hit a contested jumper in the lane, which gave the Purple Eagles a 31-30 lead going to the locker room.

Neither team led by more than three in the first 15 minutes of the second half. After a Jones jumper, Marist sported a 49-48 lead with 5:44 remaining. Niagara then reeled off five straight points, and a three-pointer by Hammond with 4:37 to go gave the Purple Eagles a 53-49 lead, their largest of the second half.

With 32 seconds to go, Jordan Jones’ jumper tied the score at 54-all for Marist, but on Niagara’s next possession, Solomon’s shot in the paint hit the glass with 3.8 seconds to go, which put Niagara up 56-54.

Jones and freshman guard Tyler Saint-Furcy led the Foxes with 11 points each.

     

 

 

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