Men’s Basketball Falls to Marist in Season-Finale; Claim No. 3 Seed in Upcoming 2014 MAAC Tournament

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team wrapped up regular-season play on Sunday afternoon, and will head into the 2014 MAAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed next weekend. The Bobcats dropped their final conference game to Marist College, 103-72, at the McCann Athletic Center in Poughkeepsie. Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) led Quinnipiac with 25 points and became the 36th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

Prior to tip-off, Quinnipiac had already clinched the No. 3 seed, and with a win would have moved into the second slot. With the result, Quinnipiac will play at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. against the winner of the 6/11 matchup. Marist clinched the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Niagara in the first round on Thursday.

Quinnipiac (19-10, 14-6 MAAC) was led by Hearst who finished with 25 points, five rebounds and two assists. Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Shaq Shannon (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 12 points and four rebounds.

Marist needed a win to improve its seeding, and did just that behind a tremendous performance offensively. The Red Foxes made 53.6 percent of their field goal attempts, including 15 threes by night's end. Jay Bowie led Marist with 23 points which included six from long range. Chavaughn Lewis added 20.

Quinnipiac - the nation's top rebounding team in the country - controlled the glass, 42-35, including 19 on the offensive end. However, Quinnipiac's struggles came scoring the basketball, only shooting 35.0 percent for the game. Outside of Hearst, who was 8-of-11 and 6-of-7 from behind the arc, the Bobcats went 13-of-49 from the field. The six threes were a career high for Hearst, who also netted his 1,000th career point with the first three of the game.

Despite losing two straight, Quinnipiac has won seven of its last nine and eight of its last 11 games. The Bobcats went 3-1 against Marist and Niagara this year.  

The single-elimination tournament features all 11 MAAC teams with the eventual champion needing to win three or four games – depending on the seed. Quinnipiac would need to win three games in three days to earn the NCAA Tournament automatic bid.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2014 MAAC Tournament can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office. The MAAC website also has ticket links available.

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