Marist Knocks Off Big Ten Power Minnesota

Jordan, Smith tally double-doubles; Marist to play 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Marist senior center James Smith

Marist senior center James Smith

Nov. 23, 2006

Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla.-Marist seniors Jared Jordan (Hartford, Conn.) and James Smith (Nyack, N.Y.) each tallied double-doubles as the Red Foxes defeated Minnesota 63-56 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House in Orlando, Fla. Marist, which led the entire contest, improved to 3-1 overall, while the Golden Gophers dropped to 2-2. The contest was the first ever for the Red Foxes against an opponent from the Big 10.


Jordan finished with 11 points, a game-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and a game-high three steals, while Smith had 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Marist effort. Jordan led the nation last season in assists with 8.5 per game. Senior guard Will Whittington (Kingwood, Tx.) also tallied 14 points, while junior forward Ben Farmer (Clinton, Conn.) had 11 second-half points. Whittington also became the school's all-time record holder in 3-pointers made with 240 career shots, surpassing Danny Basile's total of 239 from 1992-96.


Minnesota's Lawrence McKenzie had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists on 7-19 shooting, while Dan Coleman posted 15 points and seven boards. Brandon Smith led the Golden Gophers with nine rebounds.


The Red Foxes steadily pulled away in the first half, and built its largest lead of the contest (30-15) with 2:38 to play in the first stanza on a dunk by Smith. The Golden Gophers then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to slice the margin to nine (30-21) at the half.


Minnesota continued the comeback in the opening minutes of the second half, and closed the deficit to two (40-38) on a 3-pointer by McKenzie with 12:32 remaining. However, the Red Foxes put together an 8-0 run over the next two minutes, 24 seconds to push the margin to 10 on a three-point play by Smith, a 3-pointer by Jordan and a jumper from Farmer.


Marist held the edge in shooting with 41.1 percent (23-56), while Minnesota shot 34.3 percent (23-67). Both teams hit nine 3-pointers, but Marist held the edge there as well (9-28) to the Gophers' 9-31. The Red Foxes had a big advantage at the line, making 8-14 of its charity tosses, while Minnesota took just two the entire game, making one.


Marist also held the edge on the glass, outrebounding Minnesota 42-39.


The Red Foxes will now face Arkansas at 10:30 a.m. Friday on ESPN2. The Razorbacks defeated Southern Illinois 61-53 in overtime earlier Thursday.

Related Stories