Manhattan's Darryl Crawford got Manhattan off to a solid start, while Marist struggled from the field. Marist would not lead once, losing 72-47.
For an unknown reason, Rico Pickett, the MAAC's leading scorer, did not start for the Jaspers on Friday night. Pickett finally entered the game four minutes in and got the Manhattan offense moving.
Pickett entered with 15:47 left on the clock and immediately forced a steal and then made a layup on the other end. Two possessions later, Pickett made a jumper, and on the next possession, Pickett dunked on a fast break to give the Jaspers a 15-6 lead.
Manhattan (8-15, 3-10 MAAC) continued to score, stretching their lead to as many as 15 on a George Beamon and-one.
Marist (1-22, 1-12 MAAC) made two three-pointers in the final 1:30, including a buzzer beater, to cut the lead to 29-22 at the half. But the Jaspers would not let Marist's late run in the first half give the Red Foxes momentum entering the second half.
Manhattan opened the second half on a 12-0 run, in which Laurence Jolicoeur scored his only seven points of the game. Mohammed Koita scored the other five points during the run, including his first three-pointer as a Jasper.
The Jaspers continued to dominate in the second half, as the lead never went below 13. Manhattan would stretch their lead to as many as 27 in the final two minutes, before two free throws by Pat McDerby ended the game at 72-47.
Marist only made 6-of-20 shots from the field in the second half and shot 31 percent for the game. The Red Foxes only made 3-of-18 three-pointers.
Candon Rusin led the Red Foxes in scoring with 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting. Daye Kaba, a transfer from Boston College, scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Korey Bauer scored 10 points and Devin Price scored eight points on poor 2-of-12 shooting.
The Jaspers had a solid rebounding performance, out-rebounding the Red Foxes 40-27. Manhattan shot 29-of-60 for an above average 48 percent. Although the Jaspers only shot 11 free throws, they still converted nine of them.
Darryl Crawford led the Jaspers in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Crawford also had five rebounds.
Rico Pickett and George Beamon each scored 13 points. Despite down performances for Pickett in his last two games, he still leads the MAAC in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Beamon's 13 was a career-high for the young freshman. Beamon averaged 35 points per game in high school and is starting to show his ability to put the ball in the basket, scoring over seven points per game in his last four appearances. Beamon made all five of his free throws and had a few and-one's that helped Manhattan get out to an early lead in the first half.
Mohammed Koita scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Laurence Jolicoeur had seven points, all of them coming within the first few minutes of the second half.
Despite not scoring, Patrick Bouli helped the Jasper offense with six assists. Djibril Coulibaly scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds. Coulibaly had a career-high four blocks. With two minutes left in the first half, Coulibaly slammed back a Rico Pickett miss. Coulibaly put all his strength into the slam back, and the ball bounced straight up into the air, and then came right back down into the basket. Get up early next Friday morning to look for this play on ESPN's Not Top 10.
Manhattan walk-on Liam McCabe-Moran scored his first career points on a layup late in the game.
One-handed Kevin Laue made a jump shot with 2:40 left for his only basket of the game.
This win was the ninth straight for Manhattan at home against the Marist Red Foxes.
Marist plays next on Sunday afternoon against the Iona Gaels (17-7, 9-4).
Manhattan's next game is on Sunday against the Loyola Greyhounds (11-12, 3-4).
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