Saints take Red Foxes to School

Chavaughn Lewis might be reconsidering his decision to attend Marist over Siena right about now. While the Red Fox freshman had a tremendous game off the bench for Marist, he quickly learned which school is in control of this rivalry. The Saints dropped Marist 66-55 to extend their winning streak to 10 against the Red Foxes and improve their record to .500 on the season, 10-10 overall and 5-5 in MAAC play.

The Saints never trailed in this one. They held Marist to a mere two points in the first 10 minutes of play and never looked back. The play of Lewis managed to keep Marist in the game, cutting a 9 point halftime deficit to two in the second half, but the Saints ultimately pulled away at the end despite Lewis’ team leading 21 points.

If the game itself wasn’t enough excitement for you, watching OD Anosike attempt to continue his double-double streak should have done the trick for you. The streak seemed in doubt until late in the second half, as Marist big man Andrew Kemp did an excellent job handling OD on the glass. Kemp had eight rebounds, but he was able to knock the ball away from Anosike into the arms of waiting teammates multiple times throughout the game. For the game Marist had 12 rebounds on the offensive end and 32 overall, matching the Saints. Ultimately, OD was able to get those final rebounds to push his streak to 16 games, trailing only Tim Duncan (17) and Darren Philips (19) for the longest streak in the past 15 years. OD finished his night with a team leading 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Rob Poole had another impressive evening, and for the second consecutive game set a new career high in points. Poole scored 15 on 5-10 shooting. Poole continues to look more comfortable on the court, no longer showing any signs of hesitation pulling the trigger on his shot. Meanwhile, Evan Hymes matched Poole with 15 points, while Owen Wignot added 8 points, including two threes in the first half, to go with his 6 rebounds.

Aside from the offense, the Saints defense had another terrific evening. The Saints zone defense mixed in with some man to man from Mitch’s bad of tricks, gave fits to yet another opponent, holding Marist to a dismal 28.3% shooting from the field.

The Saints have now won 6 in a row at home and have pushed their record to 10-10 on the season. The Saints will now hit the road, squaring off next with Rider this Sunday.

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