Siena Stumped by Canisius
Siena suffered their third consecutive loss, 89-65, at Canisius on Thursday night.
After the Saints led 12-8, the Golden Griffins went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-12 lead—one they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Canisius took a 38-29 lead into the break. The Golden Griffins used a 12-4 run to open up a 50-33 lead with 16:43 left. Siena would get no closer than 14 points throughout the remainder of the game.
Canisius shot 48.4% from the field including 9-of-28 from distance, while the Saints made just 36.8% of their shots and connected on only 2-of-17 of their three point attempts. In addition to the poor shooting effort, Siena turned the ball over 16 times—a recipe for a poor offensive night. The Golden Griffins outrebounded the Saints 42-35. In a season where Siena needs to defend and slow the game down, Canisius did everything in their power to take the Saints out of their game plan.
The Golden Griffins were led by Jermaine Crumpton’s 24 points.
The Saints were led by Prince Oduro who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. The trio of Evan Fisher, Ahsante Shivers, and Khalil Richard tallied 10 points apiece. Richard added four rebounds in the losing effort.
Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “They [Canisius] was ready for us,” Patsos said. “We have to play defense. We’re not gonna come back down 13 or 17 points. Canisius is really good. They’re [Siena] just not quite hungry enough to get the wins. We gotta buy into playing defense.”
With the loss, Siena fell to 7-18 overall, 3-10 in the MAAC while Canisius moved to 16-9 on the season and 10-2 in conference play.
Siena will continue their three game stretch against the top three of the top four teams in the MAAC when they host Iona on Monday. The Gaels enter the contest at 15-10 overall, 9-4 in the league. Iona is coming off a 72-50 loss to Monmouth on Thursday. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Gaels this season. Siena lost a heartbreaker, 71-69, in New Rochelle, NY to Iona on January 11.