Siena’s Upset Bid Falls Short
Siena led Memphis for 23:45, including a 10 point lead in the second half, but came up short and fell 70-66 to the Tigers on the road. Freshman Jordan Horn missed a 3 that would have tied the game at 69, and the Saints were forced to foul in the closing seconds, which made up the difference.
Siena opened up an eight point lead at halftime by outrebounding the Tigers in the first stanza. The Saints’ defense puzzled the Tigers in the opening 20 minutes and forced them into 10 turnovers. Memphis got back in it by taking advantage of Siena inside, winning the battle for points in the paint 32-18. Siena sent Memphis to the line 37 times and the Tigers made 26 free throws.
Offensively, the Saints shot 44% from the field and 47% from deep. Horn led the way for the Saints with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Nico Clareth contributed with 11 points and 3 assists before fouling out. Khalil Richard added 11 points, while Roman Penn scored 10 points and dished out 4 assists.
Memphis was led by Kyvon Davenport and Jeremiah Martin who scored 16 points apiece.
Siena (3-9) will host Holy Cross in their non-conference finale on Friday, December 22 at 7pm at the Times Union Center.