The Sunday Saint (2/17)

Siena Slips in the MAAC Standings

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Siena College Athletics

After winning seven of eight, the Siena Saints have slipped back into a tie for fifth place in the MAAC after losing to Iona and Quinnipiac at home this week.

Siena looked to sweep the season series from Iona when they hosted the defending MAAC champions on Wednesday night. The Saints took a 30-26 lead into halftime. The Gaels opened the second stanza with a 10-0 run and took a 36-30 advantage after Asante Gist converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 16:47 left. Siena responded and used a 21-2 spurt to build a 51-38 lead on a triple by Jalen Pickett with eight minutes remaining. Iona refused to go away. The Gaels closed the contest with a 19-1 run to close out a 57-52 win on the road.

Iona held Siena to 37.5-shooting, while the Gaels shot it at a 40.4-percent clip. Iona also outrebounded the Saints 38-31.

Tajuan Agee led the Gaels with 25 points, on 9-of-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, and two steals.

Evan Fisher paced Siena with 17 points, on 7-of-18 from the field, four rebounds, a steal, and a block. Sloan Seymour added 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, while Pickett stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals, and three blocks.

The Saints looked to rebound from their loss to MAAC rival with a win over Quinnipiac. The winner would be tied with Canisius atop the conference. The lone regular season meeting between the two schools this year was an epic fight. Siena held a 20-18 advantage after a layup by Pickett with 6:10 to go before intermission. The Bobcats ended the half on a 21-4 spurt and took a 39-24 lead into the break. Quinnipiac built a 20-point advantage, 54-34, on a trey by Rich Kelly with 14:46 to play. The Saints would not go away. Siena rallied all the way back and took a 71-70 lead on a layup by Pickett with 1:27 remaining in regulation. Trailing 75-73, the Saints’ Manny Camper stole the ball from the Bobcats’ Jacob Rigoni. Camper sent the game into overtime tying it at 75 after converting a layup with five seconds left in regulation off an assist from Pickett.

Trailing by two, 86-84, Siena forced a second overtime when Pickett converted a layup with 0.5 seconds left. Seymour gave the Saints a 93-90 advantage when he connected on a three-pointer with 37 seconds to go in double overtime. On the ensuing possession, Cameron Young drew Quinnipiac even when he nailed a three of his own with 24 ticks on the clock. Pickett’s three at the buzzer was unsuccessful, and the game was sent to a third overtime. Young converted on an “and-one” opportunity with 4:43 to play in the third overtime period and gave the Bobcats a 96-93 lead that they would not relinquish. Quinnipiac pulled away to win 107-100 in three overtimes.

With the loss, Siena slipped to a tie for fifth place in the league with Iona and are now 13-14 overall and   8-6 in the MAAC. However, the Saints sit just one game out of first place.

The game was a tale of two incredible individual performances. Cameron Young of Quinnipiac scored 55 points, the highest individual scoring output by anyone in a game in Division I college basketball this season. The senior guard shot 15-of-24 and pulled down 10 rebounds to help his team secure the win on the road. Siena’s Jalen Pickett tallied 46 points, on 14-of-26 shooting, dished out 13 assists, and came away with four steals in the losing effort. With these performances, Young will likely land MAAC Player of the Week honors, while Pickett will be in contention for his ninth MAAC Rookie of the Week honor of the season.

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Rich Kelly poured in 24 points, on 9-of-15 from the floor, for the Bobcats.

The Saints’ Manny Camper dropped in a career-high 21 points, on 8-of-14 from the field, and five rebounds before fouling out in the third overtime. Kevin Degnan finished with 15 points and eight boards.

With his final three against Quinnipiac, freshman Sloan Seymour tied Scott Knapp’s program record for the most three-pointers made in a season by a newcomer. Seymour will have the chance to break the record over the course of Siena’s final four games of the regular season.

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The Bobcats shot 50.7-percent from the field, including 15-of-30 from beyond the arc, while Siena shot 42.9-percent from the floor and 11-of-33 from deep. Quinnipiac bullied the Saints on the boards, winning the battle on the glass 50-31.

With the win, Quinnipiac moved into a tie with Canisius for first place in the MAAC.

Player of the Week: Manny Camper

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Although Jalen Pickett’s performance against the Bobcats was one of the best individual performances in the country this season, this week’s player of the week for Siena was Manny Camper. His 21 points against Quinnipiac was a welcomed surprise. Coach Jamion Christian had mentioned that Camper needed to be more of a threat on the offensive end for the Saints moving forward and the sophomore certainly stepped up. If Siena hopes to earn a bye in the MAAC Tournament (which is now only three weeks away), Camper’s continued improvement on the offensive end would be crucial to their success in securing a top seed.

Up Next: St. Peter’s and Marist

Siena continues their four-game home stand when they host St. Peter’s and Marist at the Times Union Center this coming week. The Saints will look to split the season series with St. Peter’s when the schools meet on Tuesday night at 7pm. The Peacocks won the first meeting between the two schools, 65-60, in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 3rd. St. Peter’s is 6-19 overall, 3-10 in the league, and are coming off a 71-65 loss to Rider. The Peacocks are led by Davauhnte Turner who is averaging 16.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

The Saints will host Marist on Sunday in a Senior Day matinee at 2pm. Siena will honor seniors Evan Fisher, Kevin Degnan, Kadeem Smithen, Braedon Bayer, and Paulo Morastoni before the game. The Saints will hope to sweep the season series from the Red Foxes. Marist is 12-14 overall, 7-7 in conference, and is coming off a 75-67 win over Monmouth. The Red Foxes will host St. Peter’s on Friday before traveling up to Albany on Sunday. Marist is led by Brian Parker who is averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per contest.

The Sunday Saint (2/10)

Saints Marching through MAAC Play

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The Daily Gazette

In the preseason, Siena was picked to finish last in the MAAC. After Sunday’s win at preseason favorite Rider, the Saints sit just half a game out of first place, tied for second with Canisius.

Looking to build a winning streak following their triumph over Iona on the road last Saturday, Siena hosted Fairfield on Monday at the Times Union Center. Both teams shot the ball over 50-percent from the floor in the first half and the Saints took a 38-32 lead into the break. The Stags tied the game at 47 on a layup by Wassef Methnani with 10:05 left. Siena used an 8-0 run to pull away capped off with a layup by Kadeem Smithen with 3:43 remaining. Siena picked up 12 consecutive defensive stops over that stretch and won 61-50.

After allowing Fairfield to shoot 52-percent in the opening stanza, the Saints held the Stags to 29.2-percent shooting over the course of the final twenty minutes. Siena’s defense also forced Fairfield into 17 turnovers. The Saints shot it at a 47.9-percent from the field, including 56.3-percent from three.

Landon Taliaferro led the Stags with 14 points.

Siena was paced by Evan Fisher who tallied 18 points, on 8-of-16 shooting, and four rebounds. Jalen Pickett stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, five boards, three assists, a block, and a steal. Kevin Deganan chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

The Saints hoped to push their win streak to three when they traveled downstate to take on the Manhattan Jaspers at Draddy Gymnasium. It was a defensive affair throughout. Manhattan held Siena to 25-percent from the field in the first half and took a 17-16 advantage into the intermission. Siena turned it around in the second half and took a 14 point lead, 43-29, on a jumper by Fisher with 6:59 to go. The Jaspers rallied all the way back within two, 51-49, when Nehemiah Mack made a layup with four seconds left in the contest. Pickett missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Mack’s heave at the buzzer fell short and Siena prevailed.

Siena flexed its muscles on defense yet again holding Manhattan to 40-percent from the floor and forced the Jaspers into 16 turnovers. Siena pulled out the win despite shooting a dreadful 37.3-percent from the field.

Tyler Reynolds led Manhattan with 18 points, on 6-of-10 from the floor, and nine rebounds.

Fisher scored 18 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, and pulled down six boards to lead the Saints to victory.

Siena traveled to Lawrenceville, New Jersey Sunday afternoon to battle with the Rider Broncs. Entering the game, the Saints were engaged in a four way tie with Rider, Canisius, and Quinnipiac for second place in the MAAC. Siena opened up a 31-21 lead on a layup by Degnan with 3:26 to play in the opening stanza, but the Broncs came back to cut the Saints’ lead to 33-32 at halftime. Siena opened up a 46-36 advantage with 13:48 left when Smithen connected on a pair of free throws. As they did in the first twenty minutes, Rider stormed back and used a 13-3 run to tie the game at 49 with 8:14 remaining. With the game tied once again at 57, Manny Camper connected on a free throw with 36 ticks on the clock to give the Saints a 58-57 lead. Smithen connected on a free throw to extend Siena’s advantage to 59-57 with four seconds left on the clock. Jordan Allen missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Saints hung on to win another close game on the road.

Siena’s defense was stout throughout yet again. The Saints held the Broncs to 33.9-percent from the field, including an abysmal 1-of-16 (6.3-percent) from three-point land. Siena forced Rider into 13 turnovers as well. The Saints hung on even though they only shot 36-percent from the field.

Tyere Marshall led the Broncs with 19 points, on 8-of-14 shooting, and five rebounds.

Siena’s senior leadership proved to be the difference in the game as Fisher poured in 21 points, on 8-of-19 from the floor, and eight rebounds, while Smithen finished with 16 points, six boards, and four steals.

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The Daily Gazette

The Saints rank 30th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 64.7 points per game, and are forcing their opponents into 16.5 turnovers per contest (40th in the nation).

Siena, who has won seven of their last eight games, is 13-12 overall, 8-4 in the MAAC and is tied for second place in the conference with Canisius – just a half game behind Monmouth.

Player of the Week: Evan Fisher

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The Daily Gazette

This week’s player of the week for Siena is Evan Fisher. The senior big man has been a key cog in the Saints’ success of late. Fisher averaged 19 points, on 48-percent shooting, and six rebounds as Siena extended their win streak to four this week. His play on the court and leadership are pivotal to fuel Siena as they enter the home stretch.

Up Next: Iona and Quinnipiac

Siena begins its four game home stand when they host MAAC rival Iona on Wednesday at the Times Union Center. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The Saints will look to sweep the season series from the Gaels. Last Saturday, Siena defeated Iona 56-54 in New Rochelle. The Gaels are 8-15 overall, 6-6 in the MAAC, and are coming off a 79-76 win over Niagara on Sunday. Iona is led by EJ Crawford who is averaging 17.9 points and five rebounds per game.

Next Sunday, the Saints will play host to Quinnipiac. Tip-off is set for 2pm. This will be the only meeting between the two schools this season. The Bobcats are 12-10 overall, 7-4 in the MAAC, and are coming off a 66-65 win over Iona on Friday. Quinnipiac is led by Cameron Young who is averaging 21.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Last year, the Bobcats swept the season series from Siena and ended their season in the MAAC Tournament winning 67-58 in Albany.

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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Times Union

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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Times Union

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 Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac Shoots their way Past Siena

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Times Union

Quinnipiac defeated Siena 76-69 on Sunday to complete a season sweep of the Saints.

The Bobcats shot 61.4% from the field for the game and used a 10-1 run to build a 13 point lead with 3:30 to go. Siena freshman Manny Camper scored the first 10 points of his career in the last four minutes of the game, but the comeback effort fell short and the Saints fell 76-69.

Quinnipiac was led by Chaise Daniels who scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds off the bench.

Although Siena shot only 41.5% from the floor, the Saints connected on 11-of-18 of their three point attempts to stay within reach of the Bobcats.

Siena was led by sophomore guard Khalil Richard who scored 14 points and dished out assists off the bench. Evan Fisher tallied 13 points before fouling out. Jordan Horn finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in the losing effort, while classmate Roman Penn stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists prior to fouling out.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “They beat us on the inside,” Patsos said. “We had an emotional win against Marist, there’s no excuses, you gotta come back. We had a couple shots go in-and-out, but our inside guys, whether it was an and-one or a foul, just we couldn’t quite get it going, and then Daniels started doing his thing down there.”

Siena fell to 6-15 overall, 2-6 in the MAAC, while Quinnipiac improved to 7-13 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.

The Saints will return to action on Thursday, January 25 when they travel to the Jersey Shore to take on the two-time defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7pm. The Hawks enter the contest at 5-13 overall and 1-5 in the MAAC. Monmouth is coming off a 76-73 loss to Iona on Friday. The Hawks are led by Micah Seaborn who is averaging 14 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Seaborn made his first appearance after missing three games due to a sprained ankle in the loss to Iona. Last year, Monmouth swept the regular season series with a 102-82 win over the Saints at the Times Union Center and a 77-73 win on the Jersey Shore before Siena took down the Hawks in the MAAC Tournament Semifinal 89-85.

Marist at Siena

Siena Takes Down Marist

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Siena secured a 68-65 win over Marist with an inbound pass from Thomas Huerter, Jr. to Kadeem Smithen for a layup with 11.4 seconds to go. Marist’s Ryan Carmello hit a jumper at the buzzer to make the final score 68-65.

Marist shot 69% from deep in the first half to take a 40-36 lead into the break. Siena scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 44-40 lead with 16:33 to go. Aleksandar Dozic drained a 3-pointer to give the Red Foxes a 45-44 lead with 15:12 left, but Evan Fisher retaliated on the next possession with a trey of his own to give the Saints the lead for good. With 12:02 to play, Marist cut Siena’s lead to one on a jumper by Isaiah Lamb. Siena used a 10-0 run to open up their largest lead of the game, 60-49, with 6:35 remaining. The Red Foxes made a 10-3 run late, but the Saints were able to hold on for a key MAAC win.

Siena limited Marist to just 25 points in the second half and held them to 2-of-5 shooting from 3-point range in the final stanza.

Marist was led by David Knudsen who scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Siena shot 48% from the field, including 9-of-22 from distance in the win. The Saints were led by Jordan Horn who scored 15 points and recorded career-highs of 4 assists and 3 steals. Roman Penn added 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Khalil Richard returned to action after missing Saturday’s game against Manhattan with 12 points of his own. Prince Oduro tallied 11 points as well.

Huerter, Jr. stuffed the stat sheet Thursday night. The sophomore finished with 6 points, career-highs of 7 rebounds and 5 assists, to go along with two steals and a block to help the Saints claim the win.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s balanced scoring attack in his postgame press conference. “There is no star on this team anymore,” Patsos said. “It’s gonna be different guys.”

With the win, Siena improved to 6-14 overall, 2-5 in the MAAC, while Marist fell to 4-14 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.

Siena returns to action at Quinnipiac on Sunday at 2pm. The Bobcats are 6-14 overall, 3-4 in the MAAC and are coming off an 81-73 loss to Niagara Thursday night. The Saints will look to avenge an earlier loss (71-70) to the Bobcats at home on New Year’s Day. Evan Fisher led Siena with 21 points and 5 rebounds in the loss, while Cameron Young had 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead Quinnipiac to victory.

Quinnipiac at Siena

Siena falls just short against Quinnipiac

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sienasaints.com

Siena lost to Quinnipiac, 71-70, in a New Year’s Day matinee at the Times Union Center.

Ahsante Shivers’ attempt at a game-winning layup was blocked by Abdulai Bundu as time expired to seal the road victory for the Bobcats.

The game featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes and was close throughout, as neither team had a lead greater than six.

Quinnipiac was led by Cameron Young, who scored a game-high 26 points, and sunk the go ahead 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining. Young added 9 rebounds and shot 15-for-16 from the free throw line.

Siena shot a 53% from the field and a blistering 63% from behind the arc to keep themselves in the game against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac shot just 40% from the field, but converted on 22-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe, compared to the Saints who only shot nine free throws the entire game (Siena made 8-of-9 of their free throw attempts).

Siena was led by Evan Fisher and Roman Penn who both recorded career-highs in points, tallying 21 and 19, respectively. Fisher and Penn grabbed 5 rebounds apiece. Fisher connected on a career-high four 3-point attempts, while Penn came away with a career-high 6 steals in the losing effort.

Khalil Richard added 14 points off the bench. Junior captain Nico Clareth scored just 2 points and attempted only two shots in the game.

Jimmy Patsos reflected on his team’s effort in the postgame press conference. “There were some loose balls we didn’t get and they led to 3-pointers,” Patsos said. “There are some coaching decisions I have to look at.” Patsos was blunt in his discussion of the game’s final play. “They converted, we didn’t.” Patsos also applauded the contributions of Fisher and Penn after the game.

With the loss, Siena fell to 4-11 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play.

Siena will look to pick up their first win in conference play as they continue their three-game home-stand when they take on Niagara on Friday, January 5 at 7pm. The Saints split the season series with the Purple Eagles last year, losing 71-66 on the road and winning 76-70 at home. Niagara enters the contest 7-8 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play. The Purple Eagles feature two of the nation’s top thirty scorers. Matt Scott ranks 14th nationally scoring 22.4 points per game, while Kahlil Dukes averages 21.2 points per contest, ranking 28th in the country.