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Loyola-Maryland (17-8) at Marist (6-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCann Center (3,200) -- Poughkeepsie, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Loyola 9-3, Marist 3-6. Away Record: Loyola 5-5, Marist 2-10. Neutral Record: Loyola 3-0, Marist 1-2. Conference Record: Loyola 9-4, Marist 3-10. Series Record: Marist leads, 28-24.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference programs moving in opposite directions hit the hardwood at the McCann Center on Sunday afternoon, as the Marist Red Foxes play host to the Greyhounds of Loyola-Maryland.
Currently second in the MAAC standings with a record of 9-4, the Greyhounds are aiming to build upon a two-game win streak that began with an 89-87 double-overtime affair last weekend and continued with a 63-51 triumph versus Siena on Friday night at home.
Meanwhile, the Red Foxes are next-to-last in the league with just three wins in 13 opportunities at this stage of the campaign. A team which has won only twice since a week before Christmas, Marist posted one of those victories three nights ago against Iona in a thrilling 105-104 double-overtime affair, snapping a four-game slide in the process.
With respect to the all-time series between these two programs, Marist is ahead by a 28-24 margin even after the Greyhounds won the first meeting of the season last month, 72-58, at home in Baltimore.
Erik Etherly scored a game-high 25 points as he led the Greyhounds to the 12- point win over the Siena Saints in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bout at Reitz Arena two nights ago. Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson both added 11 points for the Greyhounds, the latter also accounting for a team-best 10 rebounds in an effort to make up for his 4-of-13 shooting from the floor. Overcoming a mere 2-of-11 performance behind the 3-point line, the Greyhounds forced 19 turnovers which they converted into 24 points on the night.
Cormier is responsible for 17.0 ppg to lead the Greyhounds at the moment, playing close to 36 minutes per game which has afforded him 174 trips to the free-throw line where he has made good on 71.8 percent of his chances. Etherly checks in with another 15.1 ppg and is currently second on the glass as well for the program with 6.2 rpg, having generated numerous second-chance scoring opportunities for himself in his 20 appearances.
In the highest-scoring victory for Marist in 17 years, Chavaughn Lewis kept hope alive at the end of the first overtime period as he nailed a long- distance heave to earn a second extra session. Lewis had just the one 3-point conversion and shot only 7-of-28 from the floor, but nearly pulled off a triple-double for the squad with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, not to mention adding four steals and a couple of blocked shots. Adam Kemp was the high man with 29 points, to go with 16 boards and seven rejections, while Jay Bowie and Isaiah Morton contributed 21 and 18 points, respectively, the latter handing out nine assists in 50 minutes of playing time.
Despite the high-scoring affair the last time out, Marist is still producing just 63.9 ppg on the season, which is 8.0 ppg less than the competition at the moment. Lewis, a 39.8 percent shooter from the floor who is just 61.9 percent accurate at the free-throw line, checks in with a team-best 15.6 ppg, followed by Devin Price with 14.0 ppg, although the latter is dealing with an injury at the moment and is listed as questionable for Sunday's action.
Using a short bench and having to play a pair of overtime periods means the Red Foxes are a tired bunch. Loyola may have been in action just two nights ago, but still it has the talent to make a quick turn-around as it continues to chase the top spot in the MAAC.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 69, Marist 60
02/10 10:31:42 ET