Manhattan (4-2) at Marist (0-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, December 6, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCann Arena (3.200) -- Poughkeepsie, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 0-2, Marist 0-1. Away Record: Manhattan 4-0, Marist 0-4. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-0, Marist 0-3. Conference Record: Manhattan 0-0, Marist 0-1. Series Record: Manhattan leads, 24-15.
GAME NOTES: The Marist Red Foxes will once again try for their first win when they host the Manhattan Jaspers in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference duel at McCann Arena.
This is the conference opener for the Jaspers, who are set to get going after starting the year 4-2. The last few contests have seen uneven results for the Jaspers, who have traded wins and losses during the last four games. Manhattan did win its last outing, topping Hofstra, 66-59, on the road.
Marist already has a game in league play under its belt, but like every other game it has played this year, that contest ended in a loss. The Red Foxes faced Iona on the road and were dispatched, 83-74, in the affair putting them at 0-8 on the season.
These teams split the season series a year ago with the home team victorious each time. However, the Jaspers have still won four of the last five meetings and lead the all-time series by a 24-15 count.
In the win over Hofstra, the Jaspers ended the game on an 8-1 run, sparked by six points from Michael Alvarado. Manhattan was outscored, 18-6, from beyond the arc in the contest but its edge in the paint (36-16) proved more important.
Alvarado didn't just wait to score until the end of the contest, as he finished with a game-high 23 points. Normally Alvarado (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg) takes more of a facilitator's role in the offense, serving as the second scoring option, while running the point. George Beamon (23.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is the lead scorer and the player most likely to carry the offense on his back for 40 minutes. However, Beamon had a season-low six points on 1-of-8 shooting against Hofstra. He had scored at least 24 points in the first five games of the season. Rhamel Brown (8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.7 bpg) doesn't help as much on offense, but his ability to protect the rim is extremely valuable.
Despite outscoring Iona in the paint (38-17) and off of turnovers (18-13), the Red Foxes still fell short on Wednesday night. Marist never led past the first minute as they were unable to slow down the Gaels from beyond the arc, where Marist had a 51-15 deficit in points.
It has been rare for Marist to find success on the offensive end. The Red Foxes are only scoring 58.4 points per game and connecting on 35.2 percent of their shots from the floor. One of the major issues is an inability to move the ball effectively, as the Red Foxes only assist on 9.1 field goals per game. Chavaughn Lewis (15.9 ppg) is the top offensive threat but tends to force the issue in one-on-one situations as he is netting only 37.9 percent of his field goal attempts. Lewis finished with 20 points and nine rebounds against Iona, but needed 20 shots to reach that point total. Jay Bowie (10.8 ppg, 5 rpg), Khallid Hart (10.0 ppg) and Adam Kemp (7.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg) are the only other players scoring more than four points per game.
Beamon and Alvarado will be able to outgun Lewis, who carries too much of the offensive load for Marist, while Brown will keep the Red Foxes from getting many easy buckets en route to a Manhattan victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 77, Marist 67
12/06 10:31:35 ET