By Mike Ferraro
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Marist men’s basketball team (12-14 overall, 7-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) extended its winning streak to four with a 75-67 triumph over Monmouth (10-18, 9-6) at Ocean First Bank Center on Sunday afternoon.
Marist led wire-to-wire. The Red Foxes hit their first six shots from the field, and jumped out to a 15-7 lead at the first media timeout. Senior guard David Knudsen scored eight points in the game’s first 3:05.
A basket by senior guard Brian Parker at the 9:15 mark of the first half gave Marist its largest lead of the first half at 31-19.
A basket by Monmouth’s Deion Hammond with 41 seconds left in the first half brought the Hawks to within three. But senior forward Isaiah Lamb answered with a layup on the ensuing possession, and Marist took a 44-39 lead to the locker room.
A 14-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half gave Marist its largest lead of the game, a 17-point advantage at 58-41.
An 11-0 run by Monmouth brought the Hawks to within three at 67-64, and forced Marist to use its final timeout at the 5:38 mark.
On Marist’s first possession after the timeout, Lamb converted a three-point play to put the Red Foxes back up six. The Hawks drew no closer, and did not a score again until a three-pointer by George Papas on their final possession.”I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” head coach John Dunne said. “We started both halves with great energy against a hard-playing Monmouth team.”
Marist return home to McCann Arena to face Saint Peter’s on Friday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.