March 2, 2008
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - Marist's Ben Farmer celebrated his Senior Day by making five of six three-pointers in the second half en route to 20 points to lead five Red Foxes in double figures and carry Marist to an 82-64 MAAC victory over Loyola Sunday afternoon at the McCann Center in the season finale for both teams.
The loss drops the Greyhounds to the No. 4 seed in this weekend's MAAC Championship where they will meet fifth-seeded Fairfield in a quarterfinal game on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Loyola finished the regular season 18-13, matching its final record of last season, and an identical 12-6 mark of last season in MAAC play. Marist improved to 17-13 overall and 11-7 in conference play and will be seeded sixth at the MAAC Championship.
"It was a good game today in a great atmosphere," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "They're [Marist] the defending regular-season champions for a reason. It was a good year and I'm proud of our program. We played hard and won some games. We'll work hard in practice and head up to Albany."
Trailing 38-32 at the intermission, Loyola came out at the start of the second half with an 11-6 run to pull within one point at 44-43 with 15:20 remaining on a jumper from senior forward Michael Tuck. When junior guard Marquis Sullivan connected on his sixth three-pointer of the contest with 10:21 remaining, the Greyhounds trailed by just two, 56-54. Farmer sandwiched three-pointers around a three-pointer from David Devezin to spark a 17-3 Marist run that was capped by another Farmer three-pointer to give the Red Foxes a 73-57 lead with 4:55 left.
Loyola stayed in the contest in the first half largely on the long-range shooting of Sullivan as he made all five of his three-point attempts, including one at the buzzer to pull the Greyhounds within six and finish as the only Loyola double-figure scorer with 17. Marist's Jay Gavin tallied 10 first-half points off the bench to lead the Red Foxes.
"It's a disappointing loss. I thought we played pretty hard," Sullivan said. "They made some shots down the stretch and we didn't and that was the game."
Sullivan finished with 20 points, making six of his eight three-point attempts for the game. Tuck tallied 12 and senior guard Gerald Brown collected 10 as both players tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds.
In addition to Farmer's 20, Spongy Benjamin scored 17 with 13 rebounds, Devezin had 14, Gavin collected 13 and Ryan Stilphen scored 10 with nine boards.