St. Peter’s at Siena

Siena Sneaks past St. Peter’s in Triple Overtime

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The Daily Gazette

Siena defeated St. Peter’s 59-57 in triple overtime on Monday night at the Times Union Center.

Ahsante Shivers scored the go ahead basket with 32.4 seconds left in triple overtime and Thomas Huerter, Jr. made a free throw late as the Saints won a defensive struggle over the visiting Peacocks.

St. Peter’s took advantage of Siena early and got out to a 24-16 lead at halftime. Siena used a 7-1 run to take a 37-36 lead with 4:43 remaining in regulation. With the game tied at 40, Kadeem Smithen’s potential game-winning layup was blocked by Samuel Idowu to send the game to overtime.

The Saints opened up a 45-40 lead in the first overtime with a 3-pointer by Shivers and a jumper by Prince Oduro. The Peacocks responded with the final five points of the overtime session, capped by Elijah Gonzales’ free throw with 51 seconds left.

Nick Griffin gave St, Peter’s a 50-47 lead with 2:14 to go in the second overtime, but Roman Penn responded with an old-fashioned three-point-play of his own to again tie the game at 50 with 1:24 remaining in double overtime.

The Saints opened the final overtime period with a 6-1 run, but the Peacocks responded to take a 57-56 lead on a jumper by Cameron Jones with 47 ticks left before Shivers’ knocked down the game winning shot for Siena.

The game featured the top two scoring defenses in the MAAC and points were not easy to come by. St. Peter’s shot 31.3% from the field, while Siena shot just 27.3%.

Idowu led the Peacocks as he recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

Penn led the Saints with 18 points and 5 rebounds in 51 minutes—the most minutes played by anyone on either team. Shivers recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Oduro finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds, while Evan Fisher added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Huerter, Jr. stuffed the stat sheet with 4 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists to help guide Siena to a win.

Siena was without Khalil Richard, who sat out for a second straight game due to a hand injury, and Jordan Horn, due to an ankle injury.

Jimmy Patsos remarked on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “It was just a really gutsy win,” Patsos said. “I’m actually glad we went three overtimes because otherwise we weren’t gonna score 40 points—didn’t want that score flashing around the country. Every game is important. We’re not gonna hear that things are about March and next year. We’re worried about Manhattan. We’re worried about moving up in the standings. I can’t say enough about Shivers and Penn, they willed us to the win and they made big shots.”

With the win, Siena improved to 7-16 overall, 3-7 in the MAAC, while St. Peter’s slipped to 8-13 on the season and 2-8 in conference play.

The Saints return to action on Friday when they look to split the season series with Manhattan. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The Jaspers are 10-12 overall, 5-5 in the MAAC and are coming off a 78-65 loss at home to Iona. Manhattan will play at home against Marist on Tuesday before taking the trip to Albany to take on Siena. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss (72-61) to Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium on January 13. Jordan Horn led Siena with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in the loss, while Rich Williams led the Jaspers to the win with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

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