Red Fox Roundup: 2015 MAAC Basketball Tournament

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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’s men’s basketball team entered the MAAC tournament tied for the eleventh seed, after completing a 5-15 record in league play this season. In their final home game of the 2014-15 season, the Red Foxes completed an emotional win on senior night on February 27th. Marist defeated St. Peter’s University 69-67 with only seconds remaining on the clock. Khallid Hart’s game-winning layup made ESPN’s SportsCenter:

The Red Foxes took on #6 Quinnipiac on Thursday night in Albany in their first game of the MAAC tournament. As the underdogs, the Red Foxes were looking for revenge after their 72-71 loss to the Bobcats on January 18th, 2015.

Marist played a phenomenal first half against the Bobcats and went into halftime with an impressive 41-27 lead. Continuing their strong play, Marist would complete the upset and defeated #6 Quinnipiac 80-74 in the first round of the MAAC tournament. Senior Chavaughn Lewis would prove to be an all-star for the Red Foxes yet again, scoring 26 points against the Bobcats.

Senior Chavaughn Lewis shakes hands with Marist head coach Mike Maker following his final regular season game. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics.

Against Quinnipiac, Lewis became Marist’s all-time highest scoring player in basketball history. Lewis finished the game with 2,097 points, breaking the previous record of 2,078 points that was set in 1983.

The men returned to the court for the quarterfinal round of the MAAC tournament on Saturday, March 7th. Squaring off against #3 Manhattan, the Red Foxes were unable to complete another upset and fell to the Jaspers 74-58. It was the final game in Red Fox uniforms for seniors Chavaughn Lewis, Manny Thomas, TJ Curry and Tourron Whitfield.

The future is incredibly bright for Marist’s men’s basketball, under Head Coach Mike Maker. Maker will be entering his second season in 2015-16 behind the Marist bench and is excited for what the future holds for his Red Fox team.

Women’s Basketball

Upholding a legacy of greatness, the Red Foxes entered the 2015 MAAC tournament in pursuit of their tenth straight MAAC Championship. After completing a 15-5 record in league play this season, Marist entered the tournament ranked as the #2 seed, earning a first-round bye. On Friday night, the Red Foxes took on the #10 ranked St. Peter’s Peacocks. Down 27-25 at halftime, Marist played a strong second half to defeat St. Peter’s 62-57 and advanced into the semifinals.

Junior Madeline Blais takes a shot surrounded by Quinnipiac defenders. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics.

Marist squared off against the #3 ranked Fairfield Stags in the semifinal game on Sunday in Albany. The girls led 37-26 at halftime, with strong performances coming from juniors Madeline Blais and Sydney Coffey and senior Tori Jarosz. Marist defeated Fairfield 67-50, earning the Red Foxes berth to their 12th straight MAAC Championship game. Blais scored a game-high 21 points against the Stags, and Coffey tallied 20 points after sinking three three-point goals and shooting perfectly from the free-throw line.

Marist entered Monday’s Championship game eager to continue the team’s legacy of winning. But the Red Foxes had their work cut out for them in the final round at the MAAC tournament, taking on the #1 ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac swept Marist during the regular season and completed a perfect 20-0 record in MAAC play this season. Last year, in the 2014 MAAC Championship game, Marist defeated Quinnipiac 70-66 to win the team’s 10th MAAC Championship overall.

Junior Sydney Coffey scored a game-high 21 points on Monday in Marist’s loss to Quinnipiac. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics.

At halftime, Marist trailed 33-30 to Quinnipiac, after leading only once in the first half. Quinnipiac began the second half on a 6-1 point streak, and continued to put up points as the game progressed. The Bobcats led by 16 points with under four minutes to play in the game. Unable to recover from the Bobcats’s strong offensive performance, Marist fell in the championship 72-61 on Monday afternoon. Despite the loss, Marist has still won the MAAC Championship 10 out of the last 12 years. Additionally, the last time the Red Foxes lost in the MAAC tournament, they went on to win the next eight championships!

Even though Marist fell in the final game of MAAC play, the Red Foxes still earned a bid into the NCAA Postseason National Invitational Tournament. The tournament consists of 64 teams and is scheduled to begin on March 18th. The time and place of Marist’s first game will be announced on GoRedFoxes.com and on all Marist Athletic social media accounts!

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