Siena Falls to Marist in the MAAC Opener
Siena lost 63-58 to conference rival Marist in Poughkeepsie Friday night. With the loss, Siena fell to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The game was tied, 31-31, at halftime, but Marist used a 16-2 run propelled by 12 points from Ryan Funk to push their lead to fourteen with 14:14 remaining in the game. Siena used an 11-2 run of their own to pull within five with 9:07 left to play. The game was back and forth the rest of the way, but poor free throw shooting and lackluster offensive execution by the Saints allowed the Red Foxes, despite poor free throw shooting of their own, to hold on to claim the victory. With the win, Marist improved to 3-10 overall and 1-0 in MAAC play.
Siena struggled shooting throughout the game as they shot 32.4% from the field, 17.4% from beyond the arc, and just 58.8% from the line for the game. Siena outrebounded Marist 45-36 including 15-2 on the offensive glass, but that was not enough in the end.
Ahsante Shivers led the Saints with his first career double-double. The sophomore tallied 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Freshman point guard Roman Penn scored 11 points, corralled 4 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists and classmate Prince Oduro finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds in their first taste of MAAC play.
Khalil Richard added 9 points, Kadeem Smithen recorded 5 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Junior captain Nico Clareth struggled throughout the game, scoring just 7 points on 2-of-16 shooting.
Coach Jimmy Patsos said “They were a little tougher than we were,” when discussing his team’s effort postgame. He hopes his team will learn from this and be ready to take on Quinnipiac when they return to action at 1pm on New Year’s Day at the Times Union Center.
The Saints swept the season series versus the Bobcats last year winning 81-74 at home and 84-75 on the road. Quinnipiac is coming off a 78-76 victory over Monmouth on Thursday.