Manhattan’s Defense Key in Win over Siena
Siena’s offense scuffled down the stretch as Manhattan came away with a 72-61 win at Draddy Gymnasium on Saturday.
Manhattan’s stout defense forced Siena into 25 turnovers, including 6 in the final 2:58. The Jaspers used a 13-4 run to pull away from the Saints for good.
Manhattan shot 49.1% from the field, including a blistering 57.1% in the second half. The Jaspers were led by Rich Williams who scored a game high 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists.
Siena’s offense struggled throughout. The Saints shot just 43.9% for the game. Siena did not make a 3-pointer until the second half and shot just 25% from distance for the game.
Siena was led by Jordan Horn who tallied 19 points and corralled 5 rebounds. Prince Oduro finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Kadeem Smithen added 11 points in the losing effort.
Sophomore guard Khalil Richard did not play as he was saddled with the flu.
Jimmy Patsos remarked on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “I’m not a big scoreboard watcher, but that score was not indicative of that game, that should have been a one or two point game,” Patsos said. “We played our guts out, fought hard. We were down two points with two and a half minutes to go. Twenty-five turnovers is a lot. I got to watch the tape, that’s too many. It’s a work in progress, but we came down here and battled the top two teams in the league, by the preseason rankings. We continually have one or two guys that aren’t into the fight. We just haven’t had everybody on board into the fight for forty minutes all year.”
The Saints return to action on Thursday, January 18 when they host the Marist Red Foxes at the Times Union Center. Marist enters the contest with a 4-13 overall record, 2-3 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes are coming off a 95-89 win over Fairfield on Saturday. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss (63-58) to the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie on December 29, 2017. Ahsante Shivers led Siena with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, while Brian Parker had 18 points and 4 rebounds to lead Marist to victory.