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Marist senior center, Tori Jarosz, made the first basket for the Red Foxes in the second half, and the last. Her mother was one of the many women honored at halftime for beating, or still battling breast cancer in the Red Foxes annual “Play 4 Kay” game, in which the team dons pink jerseys.

“Tremendous, tremendous game, which is typical Fairfield-Marist here [McCann Center], and I thought it was going to end up being like the other one,” said Marist head coach, Brian Giorgis, who referenced a 56-55 home loss to Fairfield on January 6th, 2015 after today’s tilt.

The Red Foxes (14-14) attempted 10 three-pointers in the first quarter and only made two. Those struggles would continue into the second quarter as they went just 1-7 from beyond the arc. By halftime, Marist converted just three of 17 three-point tries and 8 of 31 field goal attempts which translated to a 34-25 deficit.

The Stags (16-11) were led by junior forward, Casey Smith, who scored 11 points in the first half. She opened up the game’s second-half scoring, but was held to just one point through the remainder of the game.

Marist would go on a run of their own, led by the Jarosz. She fought for an offensive rebound one minute into the second half, which she put back in for her 13th point of the day. That was Jarosz 10th rebound of the game, and 22nd double-double of the season, which takes her from second in the nation to tied for first.

Later, Jarosz drove down into the paint and scored before Fairfield was forced to call a timeout with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter and a lead that dwindled down to four points. The quarter would come to a close with the score knotted at 45.

Each team had a hot start to the final quarter, each trading baskets until it was 51-51. Marist sophomore guard, Allie Clement, broke the tie with her second three-pointer of the game.

The McCann Center crowd went wild, and the Red Foxes ran with the energy for the final 7:24 of regulation. Especially senior guard, Sydney Coffee, who scored on the next two Marist possessions, before breaking a 59-59 tie with one-minute to play after she drilled her first three- pointer of the game.

“It was really fun playing in front of a big crowd like coach said, we haven’t had that big of a crowd since we started playing this season, and we really do feed off of that energy, so it was really nice having people there and supporting us,” said Coffey after the game.

Down 62-61, Clement took a foul which gave Fairfield an inbounds opportunity with just over five seconds remaining in the game. Forward Kelsey Carey was not accounted for on the far post, and put the layup through with ease.

Giorgis immediately called for a timeout with 4.7 seconds to go, and was able to draw up one last play. “That’s what we wanted to do, get it to Syd [Coffey] to Tori [Jarosz] and take it from there.”

The two seniors, and team leaders, executed the play to perfection, as Coffey took the inbounds pass, found Jarosz down low, and she did take it from there, netting the lay up and the game’s final points in a 64-63 victory.

“Today was, especially in the beginning, was a little bit emotional for me. I really just played for my mom today,” said Jarosz after the game, who finished with 29 points and 18 reboun

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