The Sunday Saint (3/10)

MAAC Tournament Recap: Siena

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Siena College Athletics

Siena entered the MAAC Tournament as the five-seed and took on fourth-seeded Rider in the quarterfinals on Saturday night. The Saints raced out to a 19-12 lead following a jumper by Jalen Pickett with 11:42 left in the first half. With the score knotted at 27, Frederick Scott’s layup gave the Broncs a two point advantage. Sloan Seymour knocked down a three-pointer to give Siena a 30-29 lead entering the break. The second stanza was a back-and-forth affair, but the Saints used a decisive 13-1 run, capped off by a layup by Kevin Degnan, to take a 77-66 advantage with 1:27 to go. Siena sunk their foul shots down the stretch and hung on to win 87-81.

Siena scored a season-high 57 points in the second half and shot a blistering 81-percent from the field in the final twenty minutes. Rider held a 44-22 edge in points in the paint and 27-3 on second chance points, but the Saints outscored the Broncs 36-21 from three-point range. For the game, Siena shot 65.1-percent from the floor and held Rider to 46.3-percent shooting. The Saints connected on 12-of-21 of their attempts from deep, while the Broncs converted on just 7-of-23 of their shots from deep.

Rider was led by their big man, Tyere Marshall, who scored 22 points, on 10-of-15 from the field, eight rebounds, and two blocks.

Siena’s balanced attack was paced by Evan Fisher’s 22 points, on 7-of-11 from the floor, and six rebounds. Pickett tallied 20 points, dished out six assists, blocked four shots, and came away with two steals. Seymour dropped career-highs of 18 points and six made threes. Degnan added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Kadeem Smithen chipped in with 11 points, three assists, and two steals off the bench.

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Times Union

Pickett recorded his 65th steal of his freshman campaign, which broke Marquis Wright’s freshman record set during the 2013-14 season.

Siena faced top-seeded and defending MAAC Tournament Champion Iona in the semifinals. The Gaels jumped out to an early 7-0 lead following a layup by Ben Perez with 18:20 remaining in the opening stanza. Smithen connected on back-to-back threes to pull the Saints within one, 7-6, with 16:50 to play before intermission. Iona led by as many as 16 in the first half, but Rickey McGill’s buzzer beater gave the Gaels a 35-22 advantage at the break. Siena never trailed by less than double-digits over the course of the final twenty minutes and Iona ended the Saints’ season, handing them a 73-57 defeat.

For the fourth time in the last five years, Iona defeated Siena in the MAAC Tournament.

Iona, being the one-seed, had an extra day of rest between the quarterfinals and the semifinals. The Gaels looked well-rested, while Siena came out noticeably flat. Iona shot 49.1-percent from the field, including 9-0f-20 from three. The Gaels held the Saints to 37.3-percent from the floor. Siena converted on just       8-of-28 of their attempts from deep.

Iona was led by Asante Gist who finished with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

Pickett and Fisher led the Saints scoring 15 points apiece. Pickett pulled down seven rebounds and dished out eight assists, while Fisher grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. Fisher was ejected after picking up his second technical foul with 2:48 to go. The senior left the Times Union Center for the final time and waived to the crowd as the student section chanted his name.

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Siena closed out their first season under head coach Jamion Christian with a record of 17-16, a nine-win improvement from last year’s disaster under former head coach Jimmy Patsos. In the season-ending loss to Iona, the Saints set the single-season record for three-pointers made in program history with 284.

Next year, the Saints will be without the services of seniors Kevin Degnan, Kadeem Smithen, Braedon Bayer, Paulo Morastoni, and Second Team All-MAAC selection Evan Fisher.

Two key returners to next season’s team are MAAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-MAAC performer, Jalen Pickett, and MAAC Rookie Team Selection Sloan Seymour.

The Sunday Saint (3/3)

Siena Secures First Round Bye

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Siena College Athletics

Siena traveled to Western New York this weekend to finish out their regular season slate with games at Canisius and Niagara.

The Saints looked to split the season series in a pivotal MAAC matchup with Canisius Friday night. The Golden Griffins defeated Siena, 70-66, in Albany on January 5th. Following a hotly contested first half, the Saints took a 32-28 lead into the break. Siena took a 48-38 advantage on a layup by Manny Camper with 11:11 left. After that point, Canisius took control and outscored Siena 30-14 to pull away for a 68-62 win.

The Golden Griffins shot 46.6-percent from the field and only turned the ball over three times. Siena shot at a 40.6-percent clip and turned it over eight times.

Takal Molson led Canisius with 16 points, on 7-of-19 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Evan Fisher paced the Saints with 17 points, on 8-of-16 from the field, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in the losing effort. Kevin Degnan and Sloan Seymour tallied 12 points apiece. Degnan also grabbed seven rebounds. Jalen Pickett stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, a block, and a steal.

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Siena needed a win over Niagara in their final regular season contest to clinch a first round bye in next weekend’s MAAC Tournament. With the game tied at 14, the Purple Eagles used an 8-0 run, capped off by a jumper by Marvin Prochet, to open up a 22-14 lead with 5:27 remaining in the first stanza. The Saints pulled to within three, 27-24, at intermission. Niagara built an eight point advantage in the second half, when Chris Barton converted a free throw with 12:58 to go. Siena would not go away easily. Kadeem Smithen converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Saints a five point lead, 52-47, with 3:21 to play. Pickett converted two free throws, to give Siena a 56-53 advantage with 32 ticks on the clock. Prochet nailed a triple with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 56. Pickett’s step-back jumped at the buzzer fell off the rim and the long-time MAAC foes were headed to overtime.

The Saints controlled the opening tip of the overtime period and Fisher converted a layup just 24 seconds in to give Siena a lead that they would not relinquish. The Saints converted their free throws down the stretch and emerged with a 72-65 victory.

Siena came away victorious despite shooting just 36.1-percent from the field. The Purple Eagles shot at a 41.4-percent clip, but the Saints’ defense forced Niagara into 14 turnovers.

Prochet poured in 21 points, on 8-of-19 from the floor, and added six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and three steals to lead the Purple Eagles.

Pickett led the Saints with 27 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and three steals. Fisher posted a double-double with 15 points, on 6-of-13 shooting, and 10 rebounds. Degnan finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

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With the win, Siena finished the regular season with an overall record of 16-15, 11-7 in the MAAC, and part of a four-way tie for second in the league with Canisius, Quinnipiac, and Rider. The Saints will have the fifth seed in next weekend’s MAAC Tournament and will take on the fourth seeded Rider Broncs.

Player of the Week: Jalen Pickett

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The Daily Gazette

This week’s player of the week for Siena was Jalen Pickett. Siena’s resurgence under first-year head coach Jamion Christian was largely due to the play of freshman stud Jalen Pickett. This past week, Pickett averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game. The Rochester, New York native will likely win his MAAC-record 11th Rookie of the Week Honor this week and will probably be named the conference’s Rookie of the Year later this week as well. Pickett will need to be sharp if the Saints hope to cut down the nets a week from Monday and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.

Up Next: The MAAC Tournament vs. #4 Rider

Fifth-seeded Siena will square off against the fourth-seeded Rider Broncs in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament on Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Tip-off is set for 9:30pm. The Saints defeated Rider, 59-57, on February 10th in the lone meeting between the two teams in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The Broncs are 16-14 overall, 11-7 in the MAAC, and are coming off a 75-64 win over Marist. Rider is led by Stevie Jordan who is averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per contest.

The Sunday Saint (2/24)

Siena Surging Toward the Top of the MAAC

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After dropping consecutive home games against Iona and Quinnipiac, Siena took care of business by defeating St. Peter’s and Marist at the Times Union Center this week.

The Saints used a 19-4 run, capped off by a triple by Sloan Seymour with 2:37 remaining in the opening stanza, to build a 28-13 lead. Siena entered halftime with a 33-21 advantage. St. Peter’s responded after the break and trimmed the Saints’ lead to seven, 55-48, with 7:18 left. The Peacocks wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way and Siena claimed a 72-62 victory.

St. Peter’s shot 52.2-percent from the field and held the Saints to a 44.9-percent clip. The Peacocks also outrebounded Siena 31-23. However, the Saints won the game by taking care of the ball and shooting it well from beyond the arc. Siena forced St. Peter’s into 15 turnovers. The Saints only turned the ball over four times against the Peacocks. Siena connected on 10-of-22 of their attempts from distance, compared to St. Peter’s who shot just 3-of-9 from three-point land.

Davauhnte Turner led the Peacocks with 16 points on 6-of-12 from the field.

Evan Fisher paced the Saints with 21 points on 7-of-13 from the floor. Reigning National Freshman of the Week, Jalen Pickett, stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, four rebounds, nine assists, and two steals. Seymour finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 from deep.

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Seymour broke Siena’s freshman record for three-pointers made in a season, breaking Scott Knapp’s previous record of 76 made threes in the 1997-98 campaign. Thus far, Seymour has connected on 80 threes this season.

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The Saints looked to take down arch rival Marist in a Sunday matinee in Albany. The Red Foxes raced out to a 17-6 lead following a free throw by Brian Parker with 13:05 to play in the first half. Siena stormed back and used an 11-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Kevin Degnan, to tie the score at 17 with 9:49 to go before intermission. Fisher beat the buzzer for a layup and the Saints took a 31-28 advantage into the break. Leading 37-35, Siena ripped off a 15-2 spurt, capped off by a trey by Degnan, to take a 52-37 lead with 12:54 remaining. Marist pulled to within seven, 56-49, on a layup by Ryan Funk with 5:14 left. The Saints outscored the Red Foxes 11-6 down the stretch to earn a 67-55 win on Senior Day.

Siena held Marist to just 36.2-percent shooting, including 2-of-17 from three-point range, while the Saints shot it at a 50-percent clip and connected on 9-of-28 attempts from behind the three-point line.

Parker led the Red Foxes with 15 points, four rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

Degnan paced Siena with a career-high 25 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-9 from deep, six rebounds, and two blocks. Fisher added 16 points, on 7-of-12 from the field, four assists, and two blocks. Pickett recorded a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 assists. The freshman guard finished with eight rebounds as well, just two boards away from a triple-double. Kadeem Smithen tallied nine points.

With two games still remaining in the regular season, Pickett became Siena’s all-time leading freshman scorer. To date, the nine-time MAAC Rookie of the Week has scored 448 points this season.

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The Stepien

Siena honored their senior class, Fisher, Degnan, Kadeem Smithen, Braedon Bayer, and Paulo Morastoni, prior to the game.

With the win, the Saints improved to 15-14 overall, 10-6 in the MAAC, and are now in a four-way tie for second place with Quinnipiac, Canisius, and Rider. Iona sits alone atop the conference with a half-game lead over the four schools tied for second.

Player of the Week: Kevin Degnan

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The Daily Gazette

Despite outstanding efforts from multiple players, this week’s player of the week for Siena was Kevin Degnan. The senior big man averaged 16 points, on 55-percent shooting, including 53.8-percent from three, and six rebounds in the Saints’ two wins this week. With two games left in the regular season, Siena has an opportunity to set themselves up for a deep run in the MAAC Tournament. Degnan will need to play an integral role if Siena, who was picked to finish dead last in the MAAC in the preseason, wants to cut down the nets and advance to the “Big Dance.”

Up Next: Canisius and Niagara

The Saints close out the regular season with the Buffalo trip when they face Canisius and Niagara on the road next weekend.

Siena has a pivotal matchup with Canisius on Friday night. The game will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU at 9pm. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Golden Griffins and earn a split of the season series. Canisius defeated Siena 70-66 on January 5th. The Golden Griffins are 13-15 overall, 10-6 in the MAAC and are coming off an 87-80 loss to Iona. Canisius will take on Niagara on Wednesday before they host the Saints. The Golden Griffins are led by Takal Molson who is averaging 16.5 points, five rebounds, and two assists per game.

Siena will finish the regular season next Sunday afternoon at Niagara. Tip-off is set for 2pm. The Saints will look to sweep the season series from the Purple Eagles. Siena defeated the Niagara, 66-57, at the Times Union Center on January 17th. The Purple Eagles are 12-17 overall, 5-11 in the league, and are coming off a 78-60 loss to St. Peter’s. Niagara will battle with cross-town rival Canisius before they host the Saints. The Purple Eagles are led by Marvin Prochet who is averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Siena will earn a share of the MAAC regular season title if they sweep the Buffalo trip. The Saints will clinch a first round bye in the MAAC Tournament if they win at least one game next weekend. We will find out next Sunday as to what seed the Saints will earn in the MAAC Tournament.

The Sunday Saint (1/6)

Conference Play Tips-Off for the Saints

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Times Union

Since losing to Holy Cross on December 22, Siena closed out their non-conference schedule with a home win over Cal Poly. The Saints opened up conference play Thursday night with a loss at St. Peter’s and followed that up with a loss to Canisius at home on Friday night.

Siena defeated Cal Poly, 75-54, to round out the non-conference portion of their 2018-19 campaign. The Saints used a 10-0 run to build a 36-25 advantage at the break. The Mustangs used an 11-0 spurt out of the locker room to tie the score at 36 with 15:05 remaining. Siena opened up an insurmountable lead with a 25-6 run to earn the victory.

The Saints drilled 14 triples in the win which is tied for the most in a game by a Siena team in 17 years. Siena shot 51-percent from the field and held Cal Poly to a 44.2-percent clip. The Saints also outrebounded the Mustangs 30-27 and forced the visitors into 14 turnovers.

Mark Crowe led Cal Poly with 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting.

Siena was led by Evan Fisher who poured in a career-high 26 points, on 11-of-19 from the field, and eight rebounds. Freshman point guard Jalen Pickett posted a double-double with 16 points, on 6-of-12 from the floor, and 11 assists. Pickett also corralled five rebounds. Sloan Seymour chipped in with 12 points on 4-of-9 from three.

The Saints began their conference slate at St. Peter’s. The Peacocks took a 31-25 lead into halftime and used a 12-0 spurt to go ahead 51-32 with 12:25 left. Siena refused to go away. The Saints ripped off a 12-0 run of their own to trim St. Peter’s’ to seven, 51-44, with 9:18 on the clock. The Peacocks hung on to win 65-60. Siena has now lost nine consecutive games in Jersey City.

It was an evenly matched affair in which St. Peter’s shot 52-percent from the field, compared to the Saints, who shot it at a 51-percent clip. The Peacocks outrebounded Siena 27-25 and forced the Saints into eight turnovers. St. Peter’s only turned the ball over seven times.

Davauhnte Turner paced the Peacocks with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

Fisher led Siena with 23 points, on 11-of-18 from the field, and six rebounds. Pickett added 16 points, on 7-of-13 from the floor, four rebounds, and eight assists. Seymour finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 from deep.

The Saints returned to the Times Union Center Saturday night to host Canisius in hopes of avoiding an 0-2 start in MAAC play. Siena raced out to an early 15 point lead, 32-17, at the 6:44 mark in the opening stanza and took a 40-30 advantage into the half. The Golden Griffins used a 16-4 run and took a 53-51 lead with 10:06 remaining. Jalanni White connected on a jumper with 5:47 left to take a one point advantage that they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Seymour drained a trey to pull the Saints within one, 64-63, with 35.7 ticks on the clock, but Canisius connected on six free throws to earn a 70-66 victory.

The Golden Griffins shot 45.5-percent from the floor and held Siena to 38.1-percent shooting. Canisius outrebounded the Saints 39-33 and forced the Saints into 13 turnovers.

Takal Molson scored 23 points, on 8-of-16 shooting, and eight rebounds to lead the Golden Griffins. Preseason MAAC Player of the Year Isaiah Reese tallied 20 points and grabbed eight boards in their win over the Saints.

The trio of Fisher, Pickett, and Seymour led Siena in scoring for the third consecutive game. Fisher posted a double-double with 21 points, on 9-of-19 from the field, and 17 rebounds. Pickett recorded a double-double of his own with 14 points and 11 assists. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Seymour contributed with 15 points on 5-of-12 from beyond the arc.

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Siena, who is 5-10 overall and 0-2 in the MAAC, has relied heavily on Fisher, Pickett, and Seymour and dressed only eight scholarship players against Canisus as Sammy Friday IV (out for the rest of the year), Jimmy Ratliff, and Manny Camper were all sidelined due to injury.

Player of the Week: Evan Fisher

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The Daily Gazette

This week’s player of the week for Siena was senior forward Evan Fisher. Fisher averaged 23.3 points, on 55.4-percent from the floor, and 10.3 rebounds per game this week. If he continues to play like this, Fisher may have himself in the conversation for First-Team All-MAAC.

Up Next: Marist

Siena will travel down I-87 to take on arch rival Marist on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. The Red Foxes are 5-8 on the season, 0-1 in league play, and are coming off a 75-72 loss to Canisius. Marist will host Manhattan on Tuesday before taking on the Saints. The Red Foxes are led by Brian Parker who is averaging 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per contest. Last year, the teams split their season series with each school winning on their home court.

MAAC Tournament First Round: #10 Siena vs. #7 Quinnipiac

Siena’s Season Ended by Quinnipiac

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The Daily Gazette

Siena lost to Quinnipiac, 67-58, in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.

The Bobcats connected on their first eight shots and jumped out to a 21-5 lead and took a 40-16 lead into halftime.

The Saints rallied back to cut the deficit to 63-55 with 1:29 left, but were unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

Quinnipiac shot 50% from the field, including 11-of-26 from three point range. Siena shot just 32.3% from the field and connected on only 4-of-20 of their attempts from distance. The Bobcats outrebounded the Saints 31-21.

Quinnipiac was led by Rich Kelly’s 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jacob Rigoni tallied 17 points, on five made threes, and grabbed 8 rebounds. Second Team All-MAAC selection, Cameron Young, recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Siena was led by Khalil Richard who scored 12 points. Jordan horn added 10 points and 5 rebounds. MAAC All-Rookie team selection, Prince Oduro, finished with 8 point and 4 rebounds.

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Manny Camper and Christian Bentley poured in 7 points apiece of the bench, while starters Evan Fisher and Kadeem Smithen contributed 6 points each. Fished corralled 4 rebounds as well.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in the game and reflected on the season after the loss. “I underestimated the ability of guys that were role players to turn into stars,” Patsos said. “We lost four real players and I thought some guys could come from the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth hole and step in. Not only did we not do that very well statistically and physically, I didn’t think we did that very well mentally. I did a bad job recruiting. That’s on me, but that’s not really fair because I don’t want to put that on the kids. Horn’s a really good shooter and Prince might be the best player in the league in two years. I could have coached better, clearly. This was the ship and we lost the four most important rowers and I didn’t value them enough. We didn’t even fill one or two of their spots with consistency, so that’s on me. Believe me, we’re going to get better, trust me. We’re going to have to figure out how to reward our great fans because our fans are amazing and they supported us.”

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With the loss the Saints completed their 2017-18 campaign 8-24, while Quinnipiac advanced to take on the 2-seed Canisius at 9:30pm on Friday.

Other MAAC Tournament Action:

St. Peter’s 60, Monmouth 58

Fairfield 71, Marist 57

 

Regular Season Finale: Siena at St. Peter’s & A Look Ahead to the MAAC Tournament

Siena Stumped by St. Peter’s

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Siena closed out its 2017-18 regular season with a 65-48 loss at St. Peter’s on Sunday.

With the win, St. Peter’s secured the 9 seed in this year’s MAAC Tournament, while Siena settled for the 10 seed, as Marist lost 98-74 at Canisius on Sunday.

The Saints raced out to a 19-12 lead, but the Peacocks closed the half on a 14-3 run to take a 26-22 lead into the break.

Siena cut St. Peter’s lead to one, 28-27, with 16:18 to go on a jumper by Prince Oduro, but the Peacocks responded with a layup by Elijah Gonzales on the subsequent possession and the Saints would not get any closer the rest of the way.

St. Peter’s shot 51.1% from the field and 45.5% from three point range to overcome their 16 turnovers. Siena, on the other hand, shot just 32.7% from the floor and 33.3% from deep.

Cameron Jones led the Peacocks with 14 points and 4 rebounds off the bench, while Gonzales contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

The Saints were led by Kadeem Smithen who scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and came away with 5 steals. Oduro tallied 10 points. Ahsante Shivers finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds in the losing effort.

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Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We’re struggling to find someone who can shoot the ball right now,” Patsos said. “St. Peter’s is an excellent defensive team. There was five free throws in a row missed and you’re not gonna win at the MAAC level. It’s an energetic, passionate, hard league. Gonna have to get a lot tougher next week that’s for sure. It’s the MAAC Tournament or bust. It’s one game at a time now.”

Siena closed out the 2017-18 regular season with an 8-23 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the MAAC. St. Peter’s finished with a 12-17 overall record and went 6-12 in conference play.

The Saints will open the MAAC Tournament in Thursday’s first round at the Times Union Center in Albany for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Siena is the 10 seed and will take on the 7 seed Quinnipiac. Tip-off is set for 7pm. This will be the first meeting in the conference tournament between the two schools since Quinnipiac joined the MAAC in the 2013-14 season. The Bobcats swept the season series over the Saints winning 71-70 in Albany on New Year’s Day and 76-69 in Hamden, CT on January 21. Both teams have lost seven of their last eight games leading up to the MAAC Tournament. The winner will face the 2 seed Canisius, who shared the regular season MAAC Championship with Rider, at 9:30pm on Friday.

Here’s a look at the 2018 Men’s Basketball MAAC Tournament Bracket:

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Siena at Canisius

Siena Stumped by Canisius

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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.