Fast start lifts Marist to victory
Khalid Hart hit two free throws and added a 3-point play that allowed Marist to close out University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 81-69.
The Red Foxes built a 10-point lead at intermission and pushed it to a 14-point advantage early in the second half. But the River Hawks rallied, closing to within four twice midway through the game.
Cameron Wolter hit a pair from the line to get UMass-Lowell within four the final time, 5551 with 9:39 to play.
Hart hit two free throws to make it 57-51 with 9:22 left, and converted a 3-point play with 8:57 remaining to make it 60-51.
The River Hawks got three late 3-pointers from Matt Harris to stay close, but Marist pulled away down the stretch.
Hart finished with 23 points and Ryan Funk added 20 for Marist (34).
Jahad Thomas led UMass-Lowell (2-6) with 23 points and Harris added 14.