Marist Sports: Red Fox Basketball Pinks the House and Makes A Playoff Push

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This is a new Foxtales series designed to recap some of the biggest moments from the Red Fox Division I Athletic Department.

Men’s Basketball

Marist men’s basketball team has rebounded recently, despite a tough start to the 2014-15 season. The Red Foxes only won one of their first nineteen games this year. Plagued by injuries, it was difficult for Marist to string wins together with the team’s lineup constantly changing.

Red-shirt sophomore Khallid Hart has led Marist this season. He scored 30 points against Siena on 2/12/2015. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletic Department.

However, the team bounced back in January. The 2014-15 team became the first team in Marist men’s basketball’s 18-year history to sweep the team’s annual Western New York trip. The Red Foxes won four games straight, pulling their record up to 5-18 overall, and 4-9 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games.

Currently, the team sits in 10th place in the MAAC with five games remaining in the regular season. All five remaining games are in-conference games, which provide Marist the opportunity to possibly move up in the MAAC rankings by winning a few games.

Marist men’s basketball has been led this season by senior Chavaughn Lewis and 2013-14’s MAAC Rookie of the Year Khallid Hart. Lewis leads the team with 450 points this season. Hart scored 30 points on Thursday night in Marist’s 66-64 loss to Siena College.

The MAAC Championship tournament begins on March 5th, 2015 and will be held in Albany, New York at the Times Union Center.

Women’s Basketball

Marist’s women’s basketball team is having another successful season in the MAAC. Head Coach Brian Giorgis is in his 13th season coaching the Red Foxes, having won 10 MAAC Championship titles, 11 MAAC regular season titles, and 10 trips to the NCAA tournament.

Junior Sydney Coffey has had another great season as a Red Fox. She has started in 23 of 24 games and has 281 points on the season. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletic Department.

The Red Foxes are 16-8 overall with five games left in the regular season. The team is in second place in the MAAC standings with a 12-3 league record. Quinnipiac remains Marist’s toughest competitor, sitting in first place and holding on to an undefeated 14-0 record in the league.

A few of Marist’s biggest contributors on the court this season have been junior Madeline Blais, red-shirt senior Tory Jarosz, and junior Sydney Coffey. Blais is the top scorer for the Red Foxes, putting up 366 total points in 24 games played. Jarosz, standing 6’3”, has been a huge presence on the court for the Red Foxes throughout the seasons and put up a game-high 25 points against Quinnipiac this past Thursday. Coffey is battling an ankle injury but is planning on being fully healthy for the Red Foxes’ 2015 MAAC playoff appearance.

Marist “Pinked the House” and honored breast cancer survivors during halftime this past Saturday. Photo courtesy of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

The Red Foxes hosted their seventh annual Pink Game this past Saturday, February 14th, raising money and awareness for breast cancer. Despite the team’s 70-65 loss to MAAC opponent Niagara, the team “Pinked the House” in McCann Arena. Nearly 2500 fans showed their Marist pride on Saturday, supporting both their Red Foxes on the court and the great cause for the evening. The game featured pink basketball uniforms, pink cheerleader pom poms and ribbons, and plenty of pink throughout the crowd! Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to support Marist and the fight for a cure for breast cancer!

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