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Jaspers Run Over Saints

The Saints hit the road looking to end their six game losing streak and even up their MAAC record. The Jaspers clearly had other plans. Manhattan ran out in front early and never trailed, cruising past Siena 75-55.

Manhattan led by as many as 14 in the first half, but a pair of Rakeem Brookins jumpers to end the half brought the Saints to within 7, 38-31.

Siena continued to surge in the second half, and brought the game to within 2 at 38-36. The Saints had a chance to tie after a Brookins steal, but a Rob Poole turnover led to a Jaspers bucket and the flood gates were open. The Jaspers would end the game on a 37-19 run.

Manhattan played the game without their All-MAAC senior George Beamon, but he was clearly not needed tonight. Junior Rahmel Brown dominated the interior, scoring a game high 21 points on 9-12 shooting, and helped carry the shorthanded Jaspers.

Rakeem Brookins led all Saints scorers with a career high 19 points. O.D. Anosike also put up numbers, adding his 9th double double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Saints received little from their bench today. In 52 combined minutes the Saints bench contributed 4 points and 9 rebounds.

Turnovers, free throws, and shooting percentage continued to plague Siena as well. The Saints shot 52% from the line (13-25), 36% from the field, and committed 16 turnovers to 9 assists.

One final note, Brett Bisping earned the first start of his career replacing Imoh Silas. Bisping played 11 minutes and was held scoreless on 0-3 shooting while grabbing 2 rebounds.

Siena now has two weeks off for finals break before hitting the road to take on Fordham on the 23rd.

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