POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Canisius junior Harold Washington scored a game-high 25 points and the Golden Griffins shot 46.8 percent from the field, but it was not enough to overcome Marist, as the host Red Foxes defeated Canisius 80-69 in McCann Arena Saturday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. The win snapped Marist's eight-game losing streak and improved the team to 8-15 overall and 3-9 in the MAAC, while the Griffs dropped their seventh straight to fall to 5-19 overall and 1-12 in conference play.
Washington ended the night by going 6-for-9 from the field, 1-for-2 from 3-point range and 12-for-15 from the free-throw line, while adding three rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of action. Fellow junior Alshwan Hymes chipped in 14 points, while freshman Kevin Bleeker came off the bench to post nine points and four rebounds. For the game, the Blue and Gold shot 46.8 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from behind the arc and 87 percent from the charity stripe and held a 31-29 advantage on the glass.
Marist's Jay Bowie scored a team-high 23 points, with 14 of those in the first half, while Chavaughn Lewis posted 15 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Red Foxes, as they improved to 7-3 at home this season. Devin Price added 12 points and three assists to Marist's efforts, as the team shot 48.4 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line for the game.
Marist jumped out to an early 17-6 lead 5:30 into the ball game, with Bowie and Lewis combining to score 10 of the team's first 17 points. The Griffs were able to whittle that margin down to six at 17-11 with 13:54 left before the break after freshman Josiah Heath hit a baseline jumper and Hymes nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Marist's cushion hovered between six and nine points for the better part of the first half before Lewis pushed the margin to 12 at 37-25 with 3:10 left before the break with an offensive rebound and a putback. The Red Foxes took a 42-30 lead into the locker room at the half after the home team shot 45.7 percent from the field and turned nine Canisius turnovers into 13 first-half points.
In the second half, Marist led by as many as 17 at 58-41 with 13:42 left on the clock, but the Blue and Gold battled back, thanks to a 7-0 run over a span of 1:43, with Bleeker accounting for five of those points with a made trey from the right wing and a driving lay-up. Out of a Marist timeout, Lewis hit a triple at the Red Foxes' end of the floor to push his squad's hold back to 13 points at 61-48, but another Canisius scoring spurt, this time lasting 2:16, got the Blue and Gold within eight at 64-56. During that run, Hymes had four points, Bleeker added a bucket and sophomore Chris Manhertz made two free-throws. Marist answered the bell however, scoring five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer by Bowie with 6:02 left in the game, to push Marist to a 69-56 lead.
The Griffs made one last push at Marist, with Washington scoring five-straight points in 34 seconds to cut the lead to nine at 74-65 with 3:07 left to play. After Canisius forced a Marist turnover on the next possession, the Griffs came up empty at their end of the floor and Lewis made Canisius pay as he scored a traditional three-point play with a lay-up and a free throw with 2:25 left in regulation time that made the score 77-65 and sealed the win for the home team.
Marist held a 42-24 advantage on points scored in the paint, with sophomore center Adam Kemp scoring all seven of his points in the game's second half, and the Red Foxes were able to turn 15 Canisius turnovers into 26 points. The Griffs had five blocks on the night, with Heath recording two in the losing effort.
Canisius will return home next week for a pair of MAAC games, starting Thursday, Feb. 9, when the team hosts Rider in the Koessler Athletic Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.Game Notes: This was the 35th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Canisius holding a 20-15 advantage in the series... Marist has now won two-straight over Canisius in the McCann Arena... Washington's 25-point game was his eighth 20-plus point effort this season, and it also marked the 12th time this year he's led the team in scoring for a game... Hymes' 3-pointer with 13:54 left in the first half was the 153rd of his career, and it allowed him to pass former teammate Julius Coles for fourth all-time on the school's career 3-point field goals list... Hymes played all 40 minutes on Saturday night, the fourth time this season he's played the entire game... Bleeker averaged 9.5 points per game in two games this season against Marist.