Siena Stumped by Manhattan
Siena was defeated, 51-47, by Manhattan Friday night at the Times Union Center.
Siena led the first 28 minutes and took a 37-28 lead with 15:31 to go. The Jaspers responded with a 12-2 run to take their first lead, 40-39, with 11:15 remaining. With Manhattan leading 49-47, Ahsante Shivers’ layup was blocked by Pauly Paulicap with 2.1 seconds left and Zavier Turner knocked down two free throws to seal it for the Jaspers.
After scoring 32 points on 47.1% shooting in the first half, the Saints poured in just 15 points on 23.1% shooting in the second half. Manhattan forced Siena into 14 turnovers to power themselves to the victory.
Manhattan, who shot just 29.3% from the field for the game was led by Paulicap who scored 13 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.
Siena who was playing without starting point guard Roman Penn due to a cyst on his heel was led by Kadeem Smithen’s career-high 18 points and 5 rebounds. Evan Fisher finished with 10 points, while Prince Oduro added 6 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Khalil Richard and Jordan Horn returned from their injuries, but combined for just one point in their return.
Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We really fought hard,” Patsos said. “Kadeem stepped up. End of the game, down two, we had a really good play designed and we just didn’t quite execute it, so that’s on me as a coach.”
Siena fell to 7-17 overall, 3-8 in the MAAC, while Manhattan improved to 11-13 on the season and 6-6 in conference play.
Siena will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Bridgeport, CT to take on Fairfield. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The Stags enter the contest at 9-13 overall and 4-7 in the MAAC. Fairfield is coming off a 79-78 win over Monmouth on Friday. The Stags are led by MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Tyler Nelson, who is averaging 21.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Last year, Siena swept the regular season series, winning 80-73 at the Times Union Center and 63-54 in Bridgeport before Siena took down the Stags in the MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals with a 78-66 victory.