NCAA Men's Basketball

Gardner lead Marist past Manhattan in MAAC tourney opener

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Patrick Gardner scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Marist controlled from the start beating Manhattan 61-50 on Tuesday night in an opening round contest of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

After Marist's early 12-4 lead, the Jaspers closed to 18-17 when Nick Brennen made a 3-pointer with 6:38 before halftime. But the Jaspers failed to score again, Marist (11-19) scored the next 18 points and went to halftime up 19. Gardner scored 10 in that span.

Manhattan closed within four on two occasions - 48-44 and 50-46 - but never got closer.

Ant Nelson scored 15 points and Josh Roberts 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds for Manhattan (12-18).


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Updated March 8, 2023