Siena Takes Down Marist
Siena secured a 68-65 win over Marist with an inbound pass from Thomas Huerter, Jr. to Kadeem Smithen for a layup with 11.4 seconds to go. Marist’s Ryan Carmello hit a jumper at the buzzer to make the final score 68-65.
Marist shot 69% from deep in the first half to take a 40-36 lead into the break. Siena scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 44-40 lead with 16:33 to go. Aleksandar Dozic drained a 3-pointer to give the Red Foxes a 45-44 lead with 15:12 left, but Evan Fisher retaliated on the next possession with a trey of his own to give the Saints the lead for good. With 12:02 to play, Marist cut Siena’s lead to one on a jumper by Isaiah Lamb. Siena used a 10-0 run to open up their largest lead of the game, 60-49, with 6:35 remaining. The Red Foxes made a 10-3 run late, but the Saints were able to hold on for a key MAAC win.
Siena limited Marist to just 25 points in the second half and held them to 2-of-5 shooting from 3-point range in the final stanza.
Marist was led by David Knudsen who scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Siena shot 48% from the field, including 9-of-22 from distance in the win. The Saints were led by Jordan Horn who scored 15 points and recorded career-highs of 4 assists and 3 steals. Roman Penn added 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Khalil Richard returned to action after missing Saturday’s game against Manhattan with 12 points of his own. Prince Oduro tallied 11 points as well.
Huerter, Jr. stuffed the stat sheet Thursday night. The sophomore finished with 6 points, career-highs of 7 rebounds and 5 assists, to go along with two steals and a block to help the Saints claim the win.
Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s balanced scoring attack in his postgame press conference. “There is no star on this team anymore,” Patsos said. “It’s gonna be different guys.”
With the win, Siena improved to 6-14 overall, 2-5 in the MAAC, while Marist fell to 4-14 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.
Siena returns to action at Quinnipiac on Sunday at 2pm. The Bobcats are 6-14 overall, 3-4 in the MAAC and are coming off an 81-73 loss to Niagara Thursday night. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss (71-70) to the Bobcats at home on New Year’s Day. Evan Fisher led Siena with 21 points and 5 rebounds in the loss, while Cameron Young had 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead Quinnipiac to victory.