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Foxes Steal the Spotlight and the Win

On a night in which OD Anosike was suppose to be the center of attention, Adam Kemp and the Marist Red Foxes stole the spotlight and grabbed a victory, downing the Saints 76-74.

In a pregame ceremony, the Saints recognized the accomplishments and contributions of senior members of the pepband, cheer squad, dance team, basketball management team, and OD Anosike, the lone senior on this year’s men’s basketball team. Anosike, the rock of the Saints program the past two seasons, was joined on the court with family members as his accolades were read off to the 6,000+ in attendance.

MAAC Champion…

NCAA Leading Rebounder in 2011-12…

Second all time in Siena history in rebounding…

Lou Henson All-American…

First Team All MAAC…

Member of the exclusive 1,000 point 1,000 rebound club…

and the list went on

Anosike played well in his final appearance in front of the Times Union Center crowd, but his time on the court was cut short. After tying the game at 68, converting a layup and foul shot, Anosike headed to the Saints bench with cramping in his left leg. He would return briefly with 54 seconds left, but soon exited the court for the last time and headed to the locker room. He finished the evening with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

In a back and forth showdown between the two MAAC rivals, it was Marist’s Adam Kemp who really stole the show and spotlight away from Anosike and the Saints. Kemp had 7 dunks, 3 being alley-oops,  in a dominating performance. The Saints appeared to have no answer for him inside, and continually left the back door open, allowing him to get behind the zone for uncontested dunks.   Kemp was the difference, and the Saints inability to adjust to his presence was a major factor in the game’s outcome. Kemp finished with a game highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

To the Saints credit the played one of their better offensive games of the season. The team shot 48% from the field, and 87% from the line while turning the ball over only 10 times.

Trenity Burdine scored a career high 17 points in the losing effort. Davis Marten’s continues to play well, scoring 13 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. Rob Poole also reached double figures with 14 points.

Chris Leppanen earned his second consecutive start but played only 6 minutes, dishing 1 assist with 0 turnovers in that time. While Leppanen’s strong play against Radford surely helped, the start came as a result of Evan Hymes oversleeping and missing a team meeting this week.

The Saints have one more game this regular season, against Iona, on Sunday at 2pm. The Saints can be assured of finishing outside of 10th with a win or a Niagara win over St Peter’s on Saturday.

 

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