Quinnipiac Shoots their way Past Siena
Quinnipiac defeated Siena 76-69 on Sunday to complete a season sweep of the Saints.
The Bobcats shot 61.4% from the field for the game and used a 10-1 run to build a 13 point lead with 3:30 to go. Siena freshman Manny Camper scored the first 10 points of his career in the last four minutes of the game, but the comeback effort fell short and the Saints fell 76-69.
Quinnipiac was led by Chaise Daniels who scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds off the bench.
Although Siena shot only 41.5% from the floor, the Saints connected on 11-of-18 of their three point attempts to stay within reach of the Bobcats.
Siena was led by sophomore guard Khalil Richard who scored 14 points and dished out assists off the bench. Evan Fisher tallied 13 points before fouling out. Jordan Horn finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in the losing effort, while classmate Roman Penn stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists prior to fouling out.
Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “They beat us on the inside,” Patsos said. “We had an emotional win against Marist, there’s no excuses, you gotta come back. We had a couple shots go in-and-out, but our inside guys, whether it was an and-one or a foul, just we couldn’t quite get it going, and then Daniels started doing his thing down there.”
Siena fell to 6-15 overall, 2-6 in the MAAC, while Quinnipiac improved to 7-13 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.
The Saints will return to action on Thursday, January 25 when they travel to the Jersey Shore to take on the two-time defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The Hawks enter the contest at 5-13 overall and 1-5 in the MAAC. Monmouth is coming off a 76-73 loss to Iona on Friday. The Hawks are led by Micah Seaborn who is averaging 14 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Seaborn made his first appearance after missing three games due to a sprained ankle in the loss to Iona. Last year, Monmouth swept the regular season series with a 102-82 win over the Saints at the Times Union Center and a 77-73 win on the Jersey Shore before Siena took down the Hawks in the MAAC Tournament Semifinal 89-85.