Siena Romped by Rider
Siena lost 97-71 to Rider on Thursday night. The Saints have now lost their last two road games (to the top two teams in the league) by a combined 50 points.
A layup by Tyere Marshall with 18:18 to go in the first half gave Rider a 5-4 lead—one they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
The Broncs shot 59.5% from the field in the opening stanza to take a 50-38 lead at the break. Rider cooled off and shot 54.8% from the floor in the second half to build their 26 point margin of victory.
Siena shot just 38.7% from the field, but continued to shoot well from distance as they connected on 10-of-23 (43.5%) of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The Saints were within one (39-38) in the battle on the boards against the MAAC’s leading rebounding team.
The Broncs used their relentless full court press and forced Siena into 18 turnovers.
Rider was led by Dimencio Vaughn who scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Siena was led by Jordan Horn’s 18 points and 4 rebounds. Kadeem Smithen and Evan Fisher tallied 10 points and corralled 4 rebounds apiece. Smithen also blocked four shots. Prince Oduro finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sammy Friday added 7 points and 4 rebounds.
Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “They [Rider] were ready for us,” Patsos said. “They’re really good. They’re physical. When it got away from us, we lost our focus in the defensive end.”
With the loss Siena fell to 8-20 overall, 4-11 in the MAAC, while Rider improved to 20-7 on the season and 13-2 in conference play.
The Saints will return home to take on the Monmouth Hawks on Sunday afternoon at 2. Iona enters the contest at 9-17 overall, 5-9 in the league. The Hawks are coming off a 73-57 win over St. Peter’s on Tuesday. Before making the trip to Albany, Monmouth will host Canisius on Friday. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Hawks this season. Siena lost to Monmouth 67-56 on the Jersey shore on January 25.