Senior swingman Chavaughn Lewis helps Marist usher in Mike Maker era with 10-game nonconference schedule. (Photo courtesy of Big Apple Buckets)
Fresh off hiring their fourth coach in the last decade, Marist is making news for a different reason today, as new head man Mike Maker released the Red Foxes' nonconference schedule, a ten-game slate that includes a trip to Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase.
"It's certainly challenging," Maker said of his team's ledger, "but our focus is going to be on Marist and how we can make our program the best that it can be. We're not going to shy away from that."
The Red Foxes will open their season on November 14 at the Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, where they will return a matchup with Bucknell that saw Dave Paulsen and the 2013 Patriot League champion Bison come to McCann Arena last year. Following an eight-day hiatus, Marist will entertain another Patriot League member when Army visits McCann Arena in one of two home games leading into Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
From there, Marist will compete in the Gulf Coast Showcase, playing three games from November 24-26 against the likes of such schools as Florida Gulf Coast, San Francisco, and CBI runner-up Fresno State. December sees the Red Foxes open the last month of the year with a road game at Boston College (December 1) prior to their two opening contests in the MAAC, which precede a December 8 trip to the Palestra to return last year's home game against Penn, as well as a December 13 trip to VMI.
A matchup with Colonial Athletic Association newcomer Elon is also present, with a date to be announced, but Marist's biggest non-league tilt is a December 20 affair with reigning Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph's, who returns the favor from a contest at Hagan Arena last November. It will be the first time in which Phil Martelli's Hawks have come to Poughkeepsie, and ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi will be in attendance as well, sharing the Saint Joseph's radio call with Matt Martucci.
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