Bonnies Cruise Past Saints to Retain the Franciscan Cup
Coming off their first win of the season against Hofstra on Saturday, Siena fell to St. Bonaventure 75-55 in a battle for the Franciscan Cup at the Times Union Center in Albany Wednesday night. The Bonnies were victorious for the second straight year and will bring the Cup back to Olean.
Nico Clareth and Prince Oduro were both limited due to foul trouble in the first half. The Bonnies took advantage and used an 18-5 run to close the first stanza to propel themselves to an easy win over the Saints. The Saints made only six shots on 24% shooting in the first twenty minutes.
Siena shot 34% for the game compared to 46% for the Bonnies. The Bonnies outrebounded the Saints 39-33 and forced the Saints into 13 turnovers; this was not a recipe for Siena to pull the upset.
With Jaylen Adams still out, Matt Mobley led the Bonnies offensive attack with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Offensively, the Saints were led by sophomore guard Ahsante Shivers who poured in a career high 19 points and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Shivers was aggressive all night and was the only player for the Saints that actively looked for his shot; he drove to the rim, got fouled (shot 7-9 from the stripe), and hit two threes as well. Evan Fisher scored 9 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a 3 in the final minute, and hauled in 5 boards.
Unfortunately, the rest of the Saints offense was held dormant. Nico Clareth struggled, scoring just 9 points on 2-of-10 shooting. Prince Oduro added 8 points as well.
The Saints will look to get another win in the final game of their three game home stand as they face Robert Morris at 2pm on Saturday, December 2 at the Times Union Center.