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Red Foxes earn 73-60 victory on senior day

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Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 14:03


     Devin Price and Dorvell Carter wanted their last game at the McCann Arena to be a memorable one.

     The Marist underclassmen made sure to send their teammates out in winning fashion.

     Chavaughn Lewis scored 24 points and Adam Kemp notched another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Marist men’s basketball team defeated Fairfield, 73-60, in the regular season finale for both teams and Senior Day for the senior members of the Marist program.

     It was Marist’s first victory against Fairfield since the 2008-2009 season, and the Red Foxes third straight win overall.

     “Really proud of our guys, for a number of reasons,” head coach Chuck Martin said. “I thought we played very well, and it was great to see our seniors go out on a good note. I was really proud of how our team came together against a really good team.”

       After the game, Martin talked about what this senior class has meant to the Marist, praising Price and Carter for their loyalty to the program during difficult times.

     “I have an enormous amount of respect for both [Price and Carter]. When things went south a few years ago, it would have been easy to leave. I wouldn’t have blamed them for leaving,” Martin said. “But they hung in there and have been great. They have helped me get guys like Chavaughn, like Adam, and those things are not going to be found in a box score. I’m so proud of these guys.”

     Both players expressed the emotions that came with this game, and of what it meant to get one final victory in Poughkeepsie.

     “It is great to go out with a win. Everyone is going to remember us for this last game,” Carter said. “Before the game, [the feeling] really hit me that this was going to be my last home game. I had a lot of emotion.”

     Price, who hails from Inglewood, Calif., had the pleasure of playing in front of his parents for just the second time in his Marist career.

     “It means a lot to get a win with [my parents] in the crowd. It was great for them to see the team play as well as we did. It was a great day to begin with, and winning makes it better,” Price said.

     The Red Foxes never trailed in the game, starting off on a 9-3 run in the first five minutes. As it was Senior Day, both Price and Carter got the start, as did walk-on Jesse Martin. The trio played together until the 15:50 mark of the half, when Isaiah Morton substituted in for Martin.

     From 9:03 to 3:34, the Red Foxes went on their largest run of the day, a 16-4 spree that resulted in a 34-19 advantage. Fairfield would close the gap with a 9-0 run of its own to end the first half, trailing 34-28.

     Marist struggled to make shots to open up the second half, scoring points only from behind the free throw line until the 14:17 when Lewis made a transition lay-up.

     Lewis, who scored 15 of his points in the second half, said that he wanted to help deliver a win for his older teammates, whom he called “my family.”

     “I just wanted to perform to the best of my abilities for these guys. These guys are my brothers, and I love playing with them,” Lewis said. “Off the court, they were like family to me. They gave me confidence and always believed in me. That was a strong thing for my development as a player.”

     After Lewis broke the field goal drought, Marist and Fairfield would battle out over the next five minutes. With the score 51-48 with 9:30 remaining, the Red Foxes went on a 9-0 run to extend their advantage, and the Stags would never recover, only getting to within single digits of the lead just once over the final 8:29 of the game.

     Marist has won five of its last seven games, both as a result of the entire team now available to play after several players missed time due to injury, and perhaps, a change in coaching philosophy.

     “I think I’ve taken a step back and allowed these guys to take ownership of the team,” Martin said. “I just spoke a little bit less, and let these guys wrap their arms around each other and lead us to a good place. A ‘less is more’ type of thing. And they have, they have done great job.”

     Marist now will prepare for the MAAC Tournament, which begins on Friday, Mar. 8 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Ma. The Red Foxes will take on their archrival, the Siena Saints, on the opening day of the tournament at 7:30 p.m.

      “I’m inspired by the way that [the team] is playing and going into this tournament, we are a scary team to play,” Price said. “I think the rest of the teams in the MAAC know that. We are confident, and I don’t think we could have jelled at a better time.”

          

    

 

    

    

 

 

     Devin Price and Dorvell Carter wanted their last game at the McCann Arena to be a memorable one.

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