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Marist Falls In MAAC Championship Opening Round To Fairfield

ALBANY, New York – The 11th-seeded Marist men’s basketball team had its season come to an end on Thursday night with a 71-57 loss to sixth-seeded Fairfield in the opening round of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship at the Times Union Center.

Fairfield’s Jonathan Kasibabu scored the game’s first six points over the first three minutes as the Stags jumped out to an 11-0 lead.   The Red Foxes were held without a field goal for the first 7:49.

Marist cut into deficit with a 6-0 spurt, with four of the points coming from junior guard Brian Parker.  Parker led Marist with 20 points. Marist Junior forward Isaiah Lamb had a team-high eight rebounds.

 Fairfield’s lead reached as large as 22 in the first half. The Stags led 41-24 after the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, Marist got it as close as 14 with 7:07 to play and for the final margin. Fairfield’s largest lead in the final 20 minutes was 23.

Marist shot .167 (2-for-12) from three-point range.   The Red Foxes’ two three-pointers were a season low.

Fairfield’s Tyler Nelson finished with a game-high 28 points. Nelson scored 21 points in the first half. 

 

 Parker moved into the top 10 all-time in program history in career scoring. He finished his junior year with 1,360 career points.

This was the third meeting between Marist and Fairfield in MAAC Championship history, and first since 2011. The Stags have won two of the three meetings.

 “They pressured us, especially our forwards who can really shoot,” head coach Mike Maker said. “It’s a disappointing finish. We didn’t play our best basketball by any measure.”

Marist finished its season at 6-25. Fairfield improved to 15-15, and advances to third-seeded Niagara in the quarterfinal round on Saturday.

 

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