Hudson Valley Sports Report

MARIST MEN FALL FLAT

Red Foxes’ Four-Game Win Streak Snapped By St. Peter’s

By Jack McElduff
Special to HVSR

POUGHKEEPSIE – Before tip-off on Friday night, the Marist College men’s basketball game versus St. Peter’s felt like it was going to be a coronation of sorts, given Marist’s four-game winning streak and the chance to go over .500 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play – something the Red Foxes haven’t done this late in the season since the 2007-08 season.

Instead, the large crowd at McCann Arena left the building disappointed, as Marist struggled to close a late deficit in a 65-59 loss to the Peacocks.

The Foxes are now 12-15 overall and 7-8 in conference play.

According to Marist head coach John Dunne, the Red Foxes just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to pull out the win, even after a four-day break between games and two days off.

“We just didn’t have any energy,” Dunne said following the loss to the team he coached for the last 12 years. “As a coach, I need to take a strong look at how we handled the preparation this week.”

The Red Foxes found themselves down 15-5 early in the first half, but ultimately would regroup to take a 29-24 lead into halftime. However, St. Peter’s (7-20, 4-10 MAAC) would come out of the gate on fire in the second half, turning a five-point deficit into what eventually became a 50-37 lead.

Several late Marist comeback efforts were derailed by various miscues, coupled with several defensive stands from the Peacocks.

Davauhnte Turner paced St. Peter’s with 16 points, while also shooting a perfect seven-for-seven from the free-throw line. KC Ndefo pitched in with 13 of his own for the Peacocks, who completed the season sweep of Marist and, in turn, their former coach.

With three games remaining on the regular-season schedule, and a showdown with rival Siena looming on Sunday in Loudonville, a quick turnaround will be necessary for Marist. Brian Parker, who led the Red Foxes with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, spoke of his team’s need to quickly turn the page.

“It wasn’t there tonight,” Parker said. “The best thing we can do is learn from it, move on, and attack these next few games, especially with Siena on Sunday.”

Ryan Funk, who added 12 points for Marist, echoed Parker’s assessment, adding that despite the loss the team still carries great confidence.

“At the end of the day, we know that we can beat any team in this league,” Funk said. “We’re just trying to win our last three games.”

 

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