Manhattan rolls into MAAC semis, tops Marist 74-58

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Emmy Andujar scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as third-seeded Manhattan stormed past No. 11-seed Marist, 74-58, and moved a step closer to defending its 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night.

The Jaspers advance to play No. 7 St. Peter’s, which upset No. 2 seed Rider Saturday, in Sunday’s second semifinal. Top-seed Iona faces No. 4 seed Monmouth in the other semi.

Manhattan, which swept the regular season series with the Red Foxes, built a 38-22 lead at halftime and cruised to the finish. The Jaspers held Marist to 34.6 percent shooting (18 of 52) from the field, including 3 of 16 from beyond the arc, and dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Red Foxes 41-28.

Shane Richards had 18 points and Ashton Pankey added another 16 for Manhattan (17-13).

Chavaughn Lewis scored 22 points to lead Marist (7-25).