Back on January 24th, the Monmouth Hawks took down the Marist Red Foxes in their first meeting of the season, 83-72. That victory also kicked off the current winning streak for the Hawks that they carried into Tuesday night’s rematch.
Monmouth came into McCann Arena riding a five-game winning streak, and were looking to push it to six with a season-sweep of the Red Foxes.
On the flip side, Marist was looking to build off their 79-73 upset victory over the Siena Saints in their previous outing. The win over the Saints put an end to Marist’s 11-game losing skid, and they were looking to move to 2-0 on their current three-game home stand.
The game on Tuesday night was never in question. Marist led for a total of 28 seconds in the game, and it was all about the Hawks for the rest of the night.
Monmouth was never threatened as the game moved along, and the Hawks pushed their winning streak to six games and completed the season sweep of the Marist Red Foxes with the 87-61 victory.
Chris Brady scored the first three points for the Hawks including a layup on their first possession of the game. It took the rest of the team a little longer to get things rolling on offense, which allowed Marist to gain a bit of momentum.
Khallid Hart scored the first five points for the Red Foxes, pushing them to an early 5-0 lead. They would hold that lead for a total of 28 seconds before Monmouth took over for the rest of the game.
Monmouth would retake the lead on a three pointer from Micah Seaborn, and would build on it thanks to a layup from Justin Robinson and another long ball from Seaborn. Just like that, the lead was 11-5 for the visitors, and they were off and running.
As the first half wore on, the Hawks would slowly build their lead. A three pointer from Je’lon Hornbeak pushed the lead to 15 points, at 34-19, with 5:52 to play in the half. Kentrall Brooks would hit a pair of free throws for Marist in the closing minutes to cut the deficit to 8, but Monmouth would stretch their advantage back to 14 points before the half was out.
The second half was more of the same for the Hawks. The deficit was never cut down to single digits, and the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
Monmouth stretched their lead to as many as 32 points in the half, thanks to a three from Collin Stewart that pushed the lead to 74-42 with 10:02 to play.
Down the stretch, the Hawks had things on cruise control, and they rolled to the convincing 87-61 victory over the Marist Red Foxes.
It was a balanced scoring attack for the Hawks that led them to the victory, as five different players scored in double-figures. Micah Seaborn and Justin Robinson had 16 points apiece, while Je’lon Hornbeak came off the bench to add 14 points of his own.
For the Red Foxes, the guard duo of Khallid Hart and Brian Parker did the bulk of the damage. Hart scored a game-high 22 points, while Parker went 6-of-9 from the floor for 15 points.
With the win, the Monmouth Hawks (20-5, 12-2) push their winning streak to six games, and continue to flex their muscle atop the MAAC standings. They will look to keep their strong play going when they return to the court on Friday night when they head on the road to take on the Rider Broncs.
The loss was another missed opportunity for the Marist Red Foxes (5-18, 2-12), as they failed to build off their big win over Siena in their previous outing. Marist will look to get back on the winning trail on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome the Manhattan Jaspers to town.