GAME NOTES: The struggling Marist Red Foxes look to turn things around as they venture to Reitz Arena for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup against the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds.
This will mark the 52nd encounter between these schools on the hardwood. Marist holds a 28-23 all-time series lead, but Loyola has come out on top in seven of the eight previous meetings. The Greyhounds defeated the Red Foxes, 76-63, in the MAAC season-opener last season before Marist coasted to a 72-54 decision in Poughkeepsie.
Marist will have to put an end to its current seven-game losing streak to inch closer in the all-time series. The Red Foxes dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in MAAC action on Sunday as they were defeated, 65-53, by the Manhattan Jaspers. In conference road games, Marist is being outscored by an average of 14.3 points per game.
Coach Chuck Martin's fifth season at the helm of Marist's program continued its rocky course versus the Jaspers, as his squad shot just 31.9 percent from the floor including a 2-of-10 clip from beyond the arc. The Red Foxes allowed Manhattan to shoot 68.2 percent in the opening half to build a sizeable halftime edge that they were unable to overcome. Senior guard Devin Price tallied 21 points and sophomore wing Chavaughn Lewis registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the losing effort. Price is the team's leader in the scoring column with 15.2 ppg while Lewis is close behind with 14.5 ppg. Junior center Adam Kemp is a key role player with 7.1 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds a game.
Jimmy Patsos's Greyhounds will have to bounce back after shooting a season-low 33.3 percent from the field in their 64-57 road loss to the Rider Broncs. The defeat dropped Loyola to a 4-2 mark in the MAAC standings, which puts it one game behind Iona and Niagara for first place. The poor performance on the offensive end in the loss to Rider is not too big of a shock, as the Greyhounds have used a very limiting defensive plan to power its wins. They have the lowest scoring defense in the conference at 61.1 points per game and they are also one spot ahead of Marist in scoring by 1.7 points per tilt.
Loyola relies on the trio of Dylon Cormier, Erik Etherly, and Robert Olson for the majority of its offensive production. Cormier is fourth in the league in scoring with 17.3 points per game while Etherly (15.5 ppg) and Olson (12.5 ppg) are making a solid impact as well. In the Greyhounds' loss to Rider, Etherly and Cormier combined for 20 points on 6-of-21 shooting, but Olson kept the team in striking distance by filling it up with 25 points. Another key asset for Patsos is 6-foot-7 senior forward Anthony Winbush, who leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per outing.
The Greyhounds went cold their last time out, but they should find some easy transition baskets against this turnover prone Marist unit. The Red Foxes are not very deep, so they will need Price, Lewis, and Kemp to all bring their A- games to end the losing streak in Baltimore. The chances of all three having solid showings against the Greyhounds' stingy defense is highly unlikely.