Siena falls just short against Quinnipiac
Siena lost to Quinnipiac, 71-70, in a New Year’s Day matinee at the Times Union Center.
Ahsante Shivers’ attempt at a game-winning layup was blocked by Abdulai Bundu as time expired to seal the road victory for the Bobcats.
The game featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes and was close throughout, as neither team had a lead greater than six.
Quinnipiac was led by Cameron Young, who scored a game-high 26 points, and sunk the go ahead 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining. Young added 9 rebounds and shot 15-for-16 from the free throw line.
Siena shot a 53% from the field and a blistering 63% from behind the arc to keep themselves in the game against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac shot just 40% from the field, but converted on 22-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe, compared to the Saints who only shot nine free throws the entire game (Siena made 8-of-9 of their free throw attempts).
Siena was led by Evan Fisher and Roman Penn who both recorded career-highs in points, tallying 21 and 19, respectively. Fisher and Penn grabbed 5 rebounds apiece. Fisher connected on a career-high four 3-point attempts, while Penn came away with a career-high 6 steals in the losing effort.
Khalil Richard added 14 points off the bench. Junior captain Nico Clareth scored just 2 points and attempted only two shots in the game.
Jimmy Patsos reflected on his team’s effort in the postgame press conference. “There were some loose balls we didn’t get and they led to 3-pointers,” Patsos said. “There are some coaching decisions I have to look at.” Patsos was blunt in his discussion of the game’s final play. “They converted, we didn’t.” Patsos also applauded the contributions of Fisher and Penn after the game.
With the loss, Siena fell to 4-11 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play.
Siena will look to pick up their first win in conference play as they continue their three-game home-stand when they take on Niagara on Friday, January 5 at 7pm. The Saints split the season series with the Purple Eagles last year, losing 71-66 on the road and winning 76-70 at home. Niagara enters the contest 7-8 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play. The Purple Eagles feature two of the nation’s top thirty scorers. Matt Scott ranks 14th nationally scoring 22.4 points per game, while Kahlil Dukes averages 21.2 points per contest, ranking 28th in the country.