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Fouls Damage Saints In Overtime Loss To Quinnipiac

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It was a battle of attrition Saturday night at the Times Union Center with Siena battling one of the MAAC’s top teams all the way to the game’s closing minutes. But, the Saints could not close out a nine point lead with 3:16 to go in regulation and with six players having been disqualified due to fouls they dropped a 103-95 decision to Quinnipiac in overtime.

There is no avoiding it, fouls were a major theme in this game. Quinnipiac outscored Siena 47-25 at the free throw line. Siena was whistled for a school record 40 fouls. The two teams combined for a staggering 100 free throw attempts. The 47 made free throws by Quinnipiac were the most in a Division I game this season. Imoh Silas, Brett Bisping, Javion Ogunyemi, Lavon Long, Rob Poole and Evan Hymes all fouled out.

Siena held a three point lead in the closing seconds of regulation but Rob Poole was whistled for a foul with 28 seconds to go on an Umar Shannon put back who completed the and-1 to tie the game at 85. With time winding down, Marquis Wright lost the handle and Rob Poole recovered near halfcourt and launched a desperation game-winning attempt that was off the mark sending the game into overtime.

With five players already on the bench for the night due to fouls, Quinnipiac had their way in the extra session and they escaped with the 8-point win, deflating what was one of the loudest and most passionate crowds in recent memory at the TUC (attendance 6,415).

Poole led Siena (10-13, 6-6) with 26 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bisping tied a career high with 20 points. Marquis Wright had a career-high 18 points, all in the second half and finished with 10 assists (1 turnover) giving him his first double-double. Lavon Long was effective on both ends of the floor tying a career-high with 16 points while adding 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

The Saints battled a bruising-styled Quinnipiac inside outscoring them in the paint 52-26 but with most of their big men fouling out, down the stretch got outrebounded 44-33.

Zaid Hearst led the Bobcats (13-8, 8-4) with 25 points. Shannon added 21 and Ike Azotam tallied 19. Ousmane Drame added a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards.

Siena returns to action on Friday as they head to Saint Peter’s.

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