Marquis Wright scored a career-high 20 points Friday night
Feb. 14, 2014
Jay Bowie stole an inbounds pass and buried a corner three-pointer with three seconds left sending Marist to an improbable 65-64 win over Siena Friday night in Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes scored five points in the final seven seconds after the Saints appeared to have the game won.
"I think we should have won that game," sophomore Brett Bisping said. "We didn't execute down the stretch."
The Saints led 64-60 after Lavon Long made two free throws with 12 seconds left. But after Chavaughn Lewis got to the rim and scored off glass, Bisping grabbed the ball and tried to fire an entry pass to Long in front of the Marist bench. Bowie stole it, spun free and launched the game-winner from the left corner.
"Sometimes you play really hard and lose," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Its been a good year. We've been playing really well. I'm proud of this team."
A victory would have moved Siena into a fifth place tie with Rider, but instead the Saints fall into a sixth place tie with Marist. The top five teams earn a bye in the MAAC Championships March 6-10 in Springfield, Mass.
The loss spoiled a spectacular night by freshman point guard Marquis Wright who finished with a career-high 20 points.
Khallid Hart, Wright's main competition for MAAC Rookie of the Year, led four Marist players in double figures with 16 points. Adam Kemp had 15 points and 15 rebounds after missing Siena's 67-58 win in Albany January 10.
Long registered his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints.
The Saints held Marist scoreless for nearly five minutes to start the game and led the entire first half. Marist took its first lead of the game on a Kemp dunk on its first possession of the second half and led 39-34 with 14:09 to play. Siena used an 18-5 run to gain a 52-44 advantage and didn't trail again until Bowie's winner.
Siena hosts Canisius Sunday at 2 p.m. at Times Union Center.