Siena Holds Off First Place Canisius for First MAAC Win
Jordan Horn’s 3-pointer in the final 5.3 seconds powered Siena to a 65-62 win over first place Canisius on Sunday at the Times Union Center.
After Horn made 1-of-2 free throws with 37.9 remaining, Canisius’ Takal Molson completed a three point play to tie the game at 62 with 25.2 left. Roman Penn got the ball to Horn for the game winning trey and Jermaine Crumpton’s three point attempt to send the game to overtime came up short. The Saints held on to get their first win in MAAC play over Canisius, who was previously undefeated in the MAAC.
Siena played its best defense of the year holding the best shooting team in the MAAC to just 38% shooting from the field and just 23% from behind the arc. The Saints surrendered a season low 62 points to Canisius.
Molson led all scorers for the Golden Griffins with 21 points.
Siena was led by sophomore guard Ahsante Shivers who scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Evan Fisher had another strong performance as he tallied 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Freshman big man Prince Oduro continued his improved play of late with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Horn, the game hero, finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds.
Siena was once again without their leading scorer Nico Clareth due to a family issue in Baltimore.
Coach Jimmy Patsos was delighted with his team’s effort in Sunday’s win over Canisius and remarked about his team moving forward in the postgame press conference. “We played well for 40 minutes, we played hard for 40 minutes, I thought we talked the best we did this year on defense,” Patsos said. “But this isn’t it, we got to build on it, we got a lot of basketball left to play.”
Siena improved to 5-12 overall, 1-3 in the MAAC with the win, while Canisius fell to 9-8 on the year and 3-1 in conference play.
Siena finished their three game home stand to start 2018 with a record of 1-2. Siena continues MAAC play with a road trip to Iona and Manhattan this weekend. The Saints will travel to New Rochelle, NY on Thursday, January 11 to take on the Iona Gaels in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Championship game. Iona will enter the contest at 9-7 overall, 3-1 in the MAAC. The Gaels are coming off an 84-65 win over Fairfield on Sunday. Rickey McGill leads Iona averaging 14.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Last year, the teams split the regular season, each winning games on the road before Iona came away with an 87-86 win in overtime in the MAAC Championship game to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament and end Siena’s season.