The Sunday Saint (11/25)

Saints Struggle at Home

After starting off the season 2-2, the Saints dropped a pair of games to Patriot League opponents this week and are in the midst of a three game skid heading into the final week of November. Siena lost 80-69 in their home opener Wednesday night and suffered an 84-79 defeat at the hands of Colgate at the Times Union Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints found themselves trailing Patriot League favorite, Lehigh, 42-37 at halftime after a back-and-forth opening stanza. The Mountain Hawks kept Siena at an arm’s length throughout the second half, but the Saints did manage to cut the lead to three (64-61) with 6:39 remaining. Lehigh used a 10-0 run to pull away and win 80-69. The Mountain Hawks shot 58-percent from the floor, including a blistering 63.2-percent from beyond the arc. Siena shot just 40.6-percent from the field and connected on just 8-of-30 (26.7-percent) three point attempts. The Saints failed to make 10 or more three pointers for the second consecutive game after doing so in their first three contests. Kyle Leufroy led Lehigh with 25 points, on 8-of-11 shooting and 4-of-5 from distance, five rebounds, and three assists. Freshman point guard Jalen Pickett paced Siena with 25 points, on 10-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from deep, six boards, seven assists, and three steals. Senior forward Evan Fisher contributed with 13 points, on 5-of-13 attempts from the floor, and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

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The Saints hosted the Colgate Raiders in a Saturday afternoon matinee and fell 84-79 in an up tempo affair. Colgate led for 14 of the first 20 minutes and took a six point lead (43-37) into the break. Siena rallied to take a 69-65 lead after a three point play by Fisher with 5:13 left in the game, but the Raiders used a 10-2 run to take a four point lead (75-71) that they would not relinquish. Sophomore guard Manny Camper missed three free throws in the final minute and Colgate escaped the Times Union Center with a victory. The Raiders shot 54.7-percent from the floor and 47.8-percent from three, while the Saints shot 53.3-percent from the field, but just 21.7-percent (5-of-23) from three point land. Siena failed to connect on 10 or more three point field goals for the third straight game—a trend that will need to be reversed if the Saints want to get back into the win column. Jordan Burns poured in 25 points, on 9-of-14 shooting and 5-of-9 from three, to lead Colgate. He also dished out four assists. Siena was led by Fisher who netted a career-high 22 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and six rebounds. Pickett stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, on 9-of-16 from the floor, five boards, nine assists, seven steals, and two blocks. Camper added 10 points, on 4-of-9 from the field, and seven rebounds. Junior forward Sammy Friday IV finished with 10 points, on 4-of-6 shooting in the loss.

Player of the Week: Jalen Pickett

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For the second time in the season’s first three weeks, Siena’s player of the week is Jalen Pickett. The freshman point guard was impressive in his first two starts at home. Pickett averaged 23 points and shot 54.3-percent from the floor in two games. He quarterbacked the offensive attack well, posting a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio against Lehigh and Colgate. Defensively, Pickett has proven that he is a tremendous two way player as he recorded totals of 10 steals and three blocks this past week. Jamion Christian’s first recruit to Siena has done everything asked of him over the early portion of the Saints’ schedule and will look to be one of the best freshman in the MAAC moving forward.

Up Next: Hofstra Pride and Harvard Crimson

After their two game home stand, Siena will travel to Long Island to take on Hofstra on Wednesday at 7pm. The Pride are 3-3 and are coming off a 69-67 overtime loss to VCU on the road. Hofstra is led by one of the best players in mid-major college basketball, Justin Wright-Foreman, who is averaging 28 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Last year, the Saints beat the Pride 85-76 at the Times Union Center.

Siena will return home on Saturday, December 1 to play Harvard. Tip-off is set for 3pm. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Siena women who will tip off against Florida Atlantic at 1pm. This game was added to the schedule to replace the Albany Cup that was suspended this year as Siena and UAlbany could not come to an agreement as to where the game should be played. The Crimson are 3-3, coming off a 74-68 win over St. Mary’s on the road. Harvard will play Holy Cross before heading to Albany to battle with the Saints. The Crimson are led by Chris Lewis who is averaging 15.8 points per contest.

The Sunday Saint (11/18)

Saints Fall in Championship Game of Hall of Fame Classic

NCAA Basketball: Siena at Providence
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The Saints took part in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Classic presented by Citi at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT this weekend. Siena defeated Norfolk State 61-58 Friday night and advanced to the championship game where they lost to Holy Cross 57-45.

The freshman duo of Sloan Seymour and Jalen Pickett powered the Saints to a 61-58 victory Friday night over Norfolk State. Seymour led Siena with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (4-of-9 from three), while Pickett finished with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Evan Fisher chipped in with 13 points in the victory. The Saints poured in 10+ three pointers for the third game in a row, further differentiating the coaching style of Coach Jamion Christian from his predecessor Jimmy Patsos.

Siena was unable to capture the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Classic trophy as they fell 57-45 to Holy Cross in Sunday morning’s championship game. Fisher led the way for the Saints with 14 points, on 7-of-14 from the field, and seven rebounds. Siena connected on less than 10 threes for the first time this season and suffered their second loss of the 2018-19 campaign.

Player of the Week: Evan Fisher

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Evan Fisher was this week’s player of the week for Siena. The senior averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and shot 12-for-22 in the two games in the Hall of Fame Classic. The Saints will look for Fisher to be a stabilizing force on the interior and provide senior leadership as they continue to move through their season.

Up Next: Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Colgate Raiders

The Saints open their home slate on Wednesday against Lehigh. Tip off at the Times Union Center is set for 6pm. The Mountain Hawks are 3-1 and are led by Pat Andree who is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Last year Siena lost a nail-biter, 91-90, in overtime at Lehigh.

Siena hosts Colgate on Saturday. Tip off at the Times Union Center is set for 2pm. Jordan Burns leads the Raiders, who are off to a 3-1 start. The sophomore guard is averaging 18 points and five assists per contest.

The Sunday Saint

Siena off to a 1-1 start in the Jamion Christian Era

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After a tumultuous offseason that saw Siena fire head coach Jimmy Patsos amid a scandal involving mistreatment of a team manager and many changes to the roster, the Saints opened the Jamion Christian Era this week. Christian had previously coached Mount Saint Mary’s to two NCAA Tournaments in six years. Coach Christian preaches defensive pressure and three point shooting as the cornerstones of his coaching philosophy. Saints fans saw both on display in the team’s first two games this week.

Siena, who was picked to finish last in the MAAC this season, opened their 2018-19 at Big East powerhouse Providence on Tuesday. The Saints pulled themselves within seven late, but ultimately fell 77-67 to the Friars. Providence coach Ed Cooley, who previously coached at Fairfield in the MAAC, made it clear in his postgame statements that he thought Siena would not finish last in the MAAC this year. Freshman forward Sloan Seymour led the way for the Saints as he tallied 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior forward Evan Fisher contributed with 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists in the losing effort. Siena held true to Coach Christian’s philosophy as the team made 12 three pointers and forced the Friars into 15 turnovers.

The Saints had a quick turnaround between its first two games as they traveled to the nation’s capital to take on George Washington Thursday night. Siena pulled away down the stretch to clinch a 69-61 win; the first victory under Christian. Freshman point guard Jalen Pickett stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Senior forward Kevin Degnan finished with 15 points and eight boards in the win. The Saints connected on 13-of-34 three point attempts, compared to George Washington, who shot just 8-of-18 from distance.

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Player of the Week: Jalen Pickett

This week’s player of the week for Siena was Jalen Pickett. The freshman has been tasked with quarterbacking the offensive attack for the Saints and has led the team in scoring at 13 points per contest. Most importantly, he has dished out 15 assists and only turned the ball over three times over the course of the first two games. Siena will rely on Pickett to shoulder a bulk of the ball-handling duties this season and has shown that he is up for the task thus far.

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Up next: Norfolk State and Holy Cross/Stony Brook

Siena will take part in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Classic presented by Citi at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut this weekend. The Saints will face Norfolk State in the first round Friday night at 8:30pm., followed by either the championship or consolation against either Holy Cross or Stony Brook.

The Norfolk State Spartans are 2-1 overall and will play at South Carolina on Tuesday night before they battle with the Saints. Norfolk State is led by Nic Thomas who is averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Holy Cross is 1-1 on the season and will play at Providence before they meet with Stony Brook Friday night. The Crusaders are led by Austin Butler who is averaging 14 points and 3.5 boards per contest. If Siena and Holy Cross play each other this weekend, they will face each other for a second time, as the Saints are at the Crusaders December 22.

Stony Brook is 2-0 on the season with wins over George Washington and South Carolina and will square off against Holy Cross on Friday at 6pm. The Seawolves are led by Akwasi Yeboah who is averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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

Siena’s Season Ended by Quinnipiac

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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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Fairfield at Siena

Siena Stumbles on Senior Night

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Siena lost to Fairfield on Senior Night at the Times Union Center by a score of 70-69 on Wednesday.

Redshirt junior, Kadeem Smithen, who is a senior academically, was honored before the game. His status as a member of the men’s basketball program for the 2018-2019 season is uncertain to date.

Ferron Flavors Jr. connected on a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left to give the Stags a 67-60 lead. Fairfield missed three of their next four attempts from the foul line and the Saints climbed within two, 68-66 on a layup by Smithen with 16 seconds to go. Preseason MAAC Player of the Year, Tyler Nelson, drained two foul shots to extend the Stags’ lead to 70-66 with 11 seconds remaining. Christian Bentley hit a three pointer at the buzzer to provide the final margin, but Siena’s late comeback fell just short.

In a game that featured eleven ties and eight lead changes, the Saints went on a 9-0 to take a 26-18 lead with 5:44 to go in the opening stanza. Khalil Richard gave Siena a 36-30 advantage on a jumper as time expired in the first half.

The Saints shot 52.9% from the field, compared to just 43.6% shooting for the Fairfield. Siena was unable to take advantage at the charity stripe. The Saints were successful on just 10-of-22 from the line, compared to 15-of-27 for the Stags. Fairfield forced Siena into 14 turnovers. The Saints outrebounded the Stags 37-31.

Fairfield was led by Nelson who scored 18 points, on 6-of-20 from the field, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and came away with 3 steals in the victory.

Siena was led by Smithen who tallied 16 points and corralled 6 rebounds. Prince Oduro and Richard poured in 14 points apiece. Oduro pulled down 4 rebounds, while Richard claimed 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Evan Fished added 7 points and 6 rebounds, while Bentley finished with 6 points of his own. Jordan Horn stuffed the stat sheet with 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Sammy Friday contributed with 5 points and 5 rebounds.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “There’s nothing more glaring than shooting 45 percent from the free-throw line in a one-point game,” Patsos said. “This thing’s not over. There’s a lot of basketball to be played. That being said, if we could just get a little more consistency, we could build momentum.”

With the loss, the Saints fell to 8-22 overall, 4-13 in the MAAC, while Fairfield improved to 13-15 on the season, 8-9 in conference play. Siena stands alone in last place in the MAAC, but can still finish with either the 9th, 10th, or 11th seed in next weekend’s MAAC Tournament.

The Saints will close out the 2017-2018 regular season when they travel to Jersey City to take on St. Peter’s on Sunday at 2pm. The Peacocks enter the contest at 10-17 overall and 4-12 in the MAAC. St. Peter’s is coming off a 69-51 loss to Marist on Saturday. The Peacocks are led by Nick Griffin who is averaging 13.1 points per game. St. Peter’s will play at Quinnipiac on Friday before squaring up against Siena. The Saints will look to sweep the season series from the Peacocks. Siena defeated St. Peter’s, 59-57, in triple overtime on January 29.

Monmouth at Siena

Siena Falls Short in Triple Overtime Heartbreaker

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Siena lost 93-89 in triple overtime to the visiting Monmouth Hawks on Sunday afternoon at the Times Union Center.

Ahsante Shivers fouled Austin Tilghman with 3.1 seconds to go in the third overtime session and he converted two free throws to give the Hawks the lead for good. Tilghman was also fouled after Siena turned the ball over and pushed the margin of victory to four on two additional free throws.

Jordan Horn connected on a jumper to tie the game at 89 with 4.3 seconds left in triple overtime. Many thought the game was headed to a fourth overtime until Shivers was unaware of the score and fouled Tilghman.

In a back-and-forth affair, which featured 18 ties and 18 lead changes, Monmouth took a 36-34 lead into halftime. After Tilghman connected on a pair of free throws with one minute left, Thomas Huerter, Jr. sank a short jumper to tie the game at 66 and send the game to overtime.

Shivers put the Saints ahead with a layup with 30.1 seconds to go in the first overtime, but Ray Salnave responded and hit two free throws to tie the game at 74 with 6.1 seconds left, sending the game to a second overtime period.

Monmouth jumped out to an 85-80 lead with 25.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime. With that, many fans made their way to the exits, but the Saints were not done yet. Christian Bentley converted an old-fashioned three-point play and Horn buried two free throws to send the game to a third overtime tied at 85.

Tilghman led the Hawks with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in the victory.

Siena was led by Khalil Richard who scored 23 points off the bench before fouling out. Evan Fisher tallied 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Horn poured in 14 points and corralled 4 rebounds. Shivers added 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Huerter, Jr. and Prince Oduro stuffed the stat sheet for the Saints before they both fouled out. Huerter, Jr. recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals, while Oduro finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “This is Shivers’ 27th game of the year, it’s a three-overtime game and he played a lot last year,’” Patsos said. “That’s why I wanted to be very clear. I’ll take responsibility as the head coach. You can’t control everything. We just lost a hard basketball game. This thing is far from over because I saw a little more fight from my team that may have even surprised me.”

With the loss, Siena fell to 8-21 overall, 4-12 in the MAAC, while Monmouth improved to 10-18 on the season, 6-10 in conference play.

The Saints will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Fairfield for Senior Night at 7pm. Kadeem Smithen will be honored before the game. The Stags enter the contest at 12-15 overall and 7-9 in the MAAC. Fairfield is coming off a 102-98 double overtime win over Quinnipiac on Saturday. The Stags are led by MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Tyler Nelson, who is averaging 21.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. In the win over the Bobcats, Nelson became the all-time leading scorer in Fairfield’s program history. Siena will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Stags this season. Fairfield came away with a 78-65 win in Bridgeport, CT on February 5.

Siena at Rider

Siena Romped by Rider

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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.

Iona at Siena

Siena Downs Iona in Overtime

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It was an all too familiar scene for Siena fans at the Times Union Center Monday night, but the ending was different. The Saints defeated Iona 82-78. The win was the first win over the Gaels in the Times Union Center since 2012 (0-8 since).

It was a back-and-forth game throughout. Siena opened up a 24-20 lead with 7:54 left in the first half on a three pointer from Evan Fisher. Iona took a 36-33 lead into the break on a jumper from E.J. Crawford with 1 second remaining in the opening stanza.

The Gaels took a six point lead on a three point basket by Crawford with 9:35 to go in the second half. Siena battled back and took a 64-63 lead on a jumper by Khalil Richard with 3:26 on the clock. A free throw by Schadrac Casimir tied the game and a layup by Rickey McGill gave Iona a 66-64 advantage with 1:26 remaining in regulation. Jordan Horn connected on a jumper with 27 tics left to tie the game a 66. The Saints got a stop on the final possession of the second half to send the game to overtime.

Fisher lit it up in the overtime period. The junior forward tallied 10 points in the extra session, including two free throws with 12.4 seconds to go to give Siena an 81-78 lead. A late free throw by Kadeem Smithen iced it for the Saints.

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Siena shot 48.4% from the field, including 36.8% from behind the arc, while Iona shot 42.9% from the field and 31.6% from three-point land. The Saints outrebounded the Gaels 40-34 and assisted on 17 of their 31 made baskets.

The Gaels were without their third leading scorer Deyshonee Much who was averaging 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds this season. Much did not make the trip to Albany after not venturing with the team to Jersey City in their win over St. Peter’s on Saturday. Much was reportedly restrained by Iona Coach Tim Cluess after he was frustrated by the Gaels’ blowout loss to Monmouth on Thursday.

Iona was led by Roland Griffin who scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Siena was led by Richard who scored a career-high 22 points, on 9-of-19 shooting, corralled 5 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Fisher finished with 21 points, including three made treys, and 9 rebounds. Horn tallied 18 points, on 6-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-11 from deep, and pulled down 5 rebounds. Prince Oduro added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Smithen stuffed the stat sheet with 5 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Jimmy Patsos commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “Gutty effort,” Patsos said. “Proud of the players, proud of the team, but I’ve been proud of them all year. We’re learning on the fly. We practiced well and that’s why we played well. We were all disappointed with our effort against Canisius. That’s what character is. Siena players have character. It’s what you do next.”

With the win, Siena improved to 8-19 overall, 4-10 in the MAAC, while Iona fell to 16-11 on the season, 10-5 in conference play.

The Saints return to action on Thursday when they travel to Lawrenceville, NJ to take on the Rider Broncs. Tip-off is set for 7pm. This will be the only time the two teams meet this season due to the restructuring of the conference schedule. Rider enters the contest at 19-7 overall and 12-2 in the MAAC. The Broncs are coming off an 89-79 win over Marist on Saturday. Rider is led by Dimencio Vaughn who is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Last year, the two teams split the season series with each team protecting their home court. The Broncs won 71-69 in Lawrenceville, while Siena came away with a 78-68 win in Albany in a game that made national headlines, as a fight broke out between the two teams in the waning seconds.

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.