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Brookins Hits Winner in Return

For the fourth time in four games this season, Siena went down to the wire in yet another close game. Rakeem Brookins, in his first game back, hit a game winning jumper with 3.9 seconds to go and the Saints won, 56-52 over Northern Kentucky at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, California.

Brookins, a redshirt sophomore who missed all of last season with a back injury and the first 3 games of this season due to suspension, provided a much needed spark for Siena (2-2) He finished the game with 13 points, including two key free throws to tie the game with 36 seconds left in the game and a fading baseline jumper with 3.9 seconds to go for the win.

Following Brookins’ heroics, the Norse appeared to have plunged a dagger into the heart of the Saints on a wild 3-pointer by Chad Jackson with 1.2 seconds on the clock that would have won the game. However the shot was waved off as Evan Hymes had alertly fouled Jackson prior to the shot, which was only Siena’s 6th team foul of the half.

In all of the craziness that followed NKU Head Coach, Dave Bezold was called for a technical foul and Hymes sank both free throws to close out the victory.

Hymes bounced back with a good shooting night, scoring a game-high 22 points including 5-9 three-pointers. Senior OD Anosike produced his fourth double-double of the season despite being double and triple teamed, scoring 11 points with 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Imoh Silas got the first start of his career replacing Davis Martens, and added 2 more blocks to his season total (6) and Trenity Burdine returned to action chipping in with 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 24 minutes of action.

Eshaunte Jones led NKU with 18 points and Ethan Faulkner added 10 points, 9 rebounds for the Norse.

Sophomore starter Rob Poole scored just 3 points, playing only 15 minutes and sitting out the entire second half. Seen with an ice pack on his back on the bench, Poole was described by assistant coach Ben Davis as “not feeling well” when asked after the game.

Siena will take on host team, San Diego in their final game of the NUCDF Basketball Challenge on Sunday, 4 o’clock eastern time.

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