POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Brian Parker scored 21 points to lead Marist to an 82-76 victory over Columbia on Saturday night.
Marist (1-1) trailed just once, and led by as many as 13 points in the first half before Columbia cut the deficit to 38-35 at halftime. The Lions pulled to 54-50 midway through the second half. Ryan Funk scored on a dunk and 3-pointer to make it 59-50 and Columbia didn't get closer.
Parker was 6 of 13 from the field. David Knudsen added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range for Marist. Funk finished with 13 points and Darius Hines chipped in 11.