UAlbany Hangs On to Retain the Albany Cup
Siena fell 74-69 to cross-town Rival UAlbany, as the two teams fought for the Albany Cup at the Times Union Center Satrurday night. UAlbany built their lead to as many as 11 points in the second half, but the Saints shot 61% in the final 20 minutes of the game to make it a close one. Ahsante Shivers nailed back-to-back threes to cap a 15-2 run to give the Saints a 65-63 lead with 4:14 remaining. UAlbany’s Travis Charles scored the game-winning basket with 2:31 to go and Siena could never reclaim the lead and lost to UAlbany for the sixth time in their last eight meetings.
Charles led the Great Danes with a career-high 19 points in the victory.
Siena was led by freshman point guard Roman Penn who finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. In 39 minutes of action, Penn committed just two turnovers and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Shivers scored 13 points and connected on a career-high four 3-pointers. Shivers added 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals as well in the losing effort.
Evan Fisher turned in another solid performance with 10 points and 7 rebounds and drained both of his attempts from behind the arc.
Junior captain Nico Clareth scored 10 points (shooting 4-of-8 from the field), grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists. Clareth, the most talented player and the team’s leading returning scorer, saw just 26 minutes of action off the bench. Coach Patsos needs to utilize his best player to his potential if he wants to get back in the win column.
This young Saints team has battled through a tough nonconference schedule and have continued to improve as they looks towards conference play.
Siena fell to 2-7 on the season while UAlbany improved to 10-1.
Up next, the Saints will travel to Burlington, Vermont to take on the America East preseason favorite Vermont Catamounts on Monday, December 11. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.