Saints Fall in Overtime Thriller on the Road
The Siena Saints lost their season opener to the College of Charleston Cougars 68-60 in overtime. Freshman Jordan Horn scored on a driving layup as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 53 to send it to overtime. Junior captain Nico Clareth fouled out in overtime which allowed the Cougars to escape with the win.
From the tip, it was a defensive struggle. The Saints used a 2-3 zone which the Cougars struggled against throughout. The Saints held the preseason CAA favorites to 32.9% shooting from the field and 20% shooting from 3. Likewise, the Cougars made it tough on the Saints to get anything going offensively. The undoing of the Saints was their carelessness with the ball on the offensive end. The Saints committed 24 turnovers, compared to just 6 for the Cougars.
The Saints were led by Clareth who scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Offensively, Khalil Richard was a huge spark off the bench for the Saints, scoring 14 points on 4/7 shooting, 2/2 from 3, and 4/4 from the charity stripe.
After missing the exhibition against LeMoyne, Evan Fisher started and scored 8 points, corralled 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and blocked 4 shots. After playing behind Brett Bisping and Javion Ogunyemi for two years, the Saints will need Fisher to fill the void and be a force in the frontcourt all season long.
Freshman Prince Oduro is clearly the member of the freshman class that is most capable of contributing on a consistent basis. Oduro recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but at times struggled as he committed 7 turnovers.
Siena will return home to face “Dunk City” and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Monday, November 13 at 7pm at the Times Union Center.