By Mike Ferraro
NEW YORK – The Marist men’s basketball team dropped its non-conference finale at Columbia by a score of 69-54 on Saturday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium.
Tyler Sagl scored Marist’s first five points of the contest.
Columbia used an 8-0 run to take a 13-7 lead, but back-to-back three-pointers by Matt Herasme and Jack Cavanaugh tied the score. However, then the Lions reeled off seven straight points, which forced a Marist timeout at the 8:19 mark.
Marist held Columbia without a field goal for the last 7:04 of the first half, and a three-pointer by Herasme with 46 seconds remaining gave the Red Foxes a 26-25 halftime lead.
There were five lead changes in the first 4:36 of the second half.
A 10-2 run extended Columbia’s lead to seven, which led to a Marist timeout at the 12:25 mark.
Columbia used a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 57-42 with 5:37 to go.
Columbia’s lead reached a game high of 17 on two occasions.
Marist is now 6-2 against Columbia all-time. Marist is now 1-9.
Marist returns to McCann Arena and resumes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against Quinnipiac on Friday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.