Marist 51 Saint Peter's 41: The numbers

The first number is 450. Marist defeated Saint Peter’s 51-41 in MAAC action at the McCann Center on Thursday. The win snapped a six game losing streak and was coach Brian Giorgis’ 450th career at Marist.

Possessions: 67- Saint Peter’s averages 72 possessions per game, Marist 69. Chalk the tempo up as a bit more in favor of the host Red Foxes.

Offensive efficiency: Marist 77, Saint Peter’s 60. Marist averages an efficiency of 76. Saint Peter's is posting an average efficiency of 83. Obviously, a subpar night for the visiting Peacocks.

What Marist did well. Defend. The Red Foxes forced Saint Peter’s into a 29 turnover night for an outrageously high 35% turnover rate. They also defended Saint Peter’s two key players Kassondra Brown and Kendrea Williams very well. Brown led all scorers with 15 points. The Peacocks' 6'2" junior center shot 6 of 14 and battled through double teams virtually all night long. Williams, a 15.4 ppg scorer, barely got a look, as she was limited to two points on one of three shooting. Williams scored a game-high 23 points when Saint Peter's defeated Marist 58-45 in late January in Jersey City.

What Saint Peter’s did well. Hit the boards. Marc Mitchell’s group enjoyed a 45-33 rebounding edge. They showed an outstanding 43% offensive rebounding percentage and a 9-1 edge in second chance points. Sky Castro led the way for Saint Peter’s with a game-high 12 rebounds, seven on the offensive end. Brown added 10 rebounds, completing a double-double, with three offensive.

Marist was led by Zaria Shazer with 13 points, Trinasia Kennedy added 12. Marist Lead guard Anabel Ellison left at halftime with a bad ankle and did not return. Marist , (7-16), is 5-10 in the MAAC. Saint Peter’s (10-13) is now 7-7. Marist visits Siena on Saturday. Saint Peter’s in the hunt for a bye in the MAAC post season tournament in Atlantic City, visits Iona Saturday before entertaining Monmouth on Monday and Niagara on Thursday. Brown of Saint Peter's is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week.

Brian Giorgis now has the distinction of winning 450 games on the Division I level and as a high school coach. Giorgis had a very successful run at nearby Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Giorgis was 451-44 in 19 seasons before taking over at Marist in the 2002-30 season.