Bonnies Beat Saints in Franciscan Cup

Siena’s struggles on the offensive end continued in the Franciscan Cup game at St Bonaventure and the Saints dropped their fifth straight game, losing 58-43.

Despite a good first half shooting performance hitting 11-21 shots from the field, the Saints struggled taking care of the ball and coughed up 13 turnovers, many unforced and trailed at half time 33-26.

After a quick 7 point surge to start the second half the Saints tied the game at 33. They took much better care of the ball after the break cutting second half turnovers to just 4. However, shooting woes took over and they managed to convert just 6 second half field goals in 31 attempts. Siena’s 43 points were the least scored by a Siena team since losing 61-40 at Manhattan on January 25, 1996.

Defensively, Siena was effective in limiting the Bonnies scoring output holding the opponent to just 35% shooting from the field and just 2-20 3-pointers.

“Really, I think our kids need to be commended for their effort,” head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “That’s a veteran team that won the Atlantic 10 last season, and we held them to 58 points. We’re really, really close.”

Trenity Burdine led Siena with a career high and game high 16 points. Noticeably active and a real bright spot for the Saints, Burdine’s minutes were limited in the first half due to some early fouls. Rob Poole added 8 points and OD Anosike finished with 7 points and 14 rebounds. Evan Hymes and Imoh Silas each added 5.

Demitrius Conger led the Bonnies in scoring with 14 points and Marquis Simmons added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Siena will return to action on Friday taking on Rider in their MAAC opener at the Times Union Center.

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