POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- James Smith had 16 points and Ryan
Stilphen had 15 to power Marist to a 71-56 win over Central
Arkansas Saturday night in the Marist Classic championship game.
Will Whittington had 14 points and Jared Jordan added 13 for the
Red Foxes (10-3).Central Arkansas (5-8) cut Marist's lead to 22-20 with 4:33 left
in the half, helped by Durrell Nevels and Mitch Rueter, who each
had a layup and a free throw.But Smith then triggered an 8-2 run with a 3-pointer to widen
the Red Foxes' lead to 30-22 at halftime.Marist continued to pull away early in the second, with a pair
of free throws and a 3-pointer by Jordan. Whittington widened the
lead to 24 with a 3-pointer, 61-34, with 9:14 remaining.The Bears were held to 28 percent from the field. Frederick
Campbell and Nevels had 12 points apiece to lead Central Arkansas.
Nevels also had seven rebounds and three blocks.