Khallid Hart returns for his junior season to lead Marist into battle with nine-game nonconference schedule that sees Red Foxes take on four of last year's postseason teams. (Photo courtesy of Marist College Athletics)
For Marist, last season was one that started slow, with injuries to each of the Red Foxes' three leading scorers, yet picked up steam as the year went on and a young roster adjusted to their third system in as many years. Despite being dealt a tough hand, first-year head coach Mike Maker remained optimistic, and by the time his team reached the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament last March, they gained respect throughout the league as a team no one wanted to play due to their multiple threats and dynamic playmaking ability of swingman Chavaughn Lewis, who graduated last May as the all-time leading scorer in program history.
Lewis, as well as shooting guard T.J. Curry, have departed, but the trio of junior point guard Khallid Hart and senior forwards Phillip Lawrence and Eric Truog, will attempt to further Marist's climb in the standings, beginning with a nine-game nonconference schedule in which the Red Foxes will see four opponents who competed in postseason play last season.
The 2015-16 campaign in the Hudson Valley will open at McCann Arena on Friday, November 13, when Marist hosts Holy Cross and new head coach Bill Carmody, formerly at the helm at Princeton and Northwestern. Although the Crusaders were once a member of the MAAC, they did not cross paths with the Red Foxes, who joined the league from the Northeast Conference in 1997. Five days later, the homestand continues when Dartmouth invades Poughkeepsie to precede a two-game road trip to Mid-American Conference school Kent State, (November 21) and America East foe Vermont (November 29).
Following the opening weekend of conference play in December, Marist welcomes two more opponents to McCann Arena, with three-time reigning America East champion Albany coming in on December 9 before Delaware takes the floor at McCann on the 12th of December. On December 20, the Red Foxes will travel across the Hudson to Christl Arena to face Zach Spiker's Army West Point team on December 20 before a neutral site contest on the 22nd against Brown. The skirmish with the Bears, at Mohegan Sun Arena, will be part of a doubleheader also featuring St. John's and South Carolina.
Marist concludes its non-league ledger with a trip to Jacksonville on December 29. Game times will be announced at a later date.
2015-16 Marist Red Foxes Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: vs. Holy Cross
Wednesday, November 18: vs. Dartmouth
Saturday, November 21: at Kent State
Sunday, November 29: at Vermont
Wednesday, December 9: vs. Albany
Saturday, December 12: vs. Delaware
Sunday, December 20: at Army West Point
Tuesday, December 22: vs. Brown (Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.)
Tuesday, December 29: at Jacksonville