LaSalle Sends Saints to 9th Straight Loss

LaSalle dominated the Saints from start to finish, sending the Saints to one of their worst home losses ever, 80-52. With the loss Siena falls to 0-5 at home this season, and for the first time in school history, and 2-11 overall.

Despite shooting only 38% from the field in the first half, the Explorers were able to navigate to a 15 point half time lead, 39-24. LaSalle’s lead was bolstered by 7 threes, including 5 by Ramon Galloway.

Things only deteriorated in the second half as LaSalle sprinted out to a fast 21-5 start to the second half and never looked back. The team shot 63% during the half, including hitting 6 of 7 threes.

For their part the Saint’s struggles on offense continued. Rakeem Brookins shot 4-17 on a night in which the Saints shot 33% as a team. From beyond the arc the team was an anemic 3-17.

Some bright spots was the improved free throw shooting by the team (11-15) and by O.D. Anosike who went 6-8. On the evening O.D. recorded a solid double-double performance with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Those points were enough to propel Anosike over the 1,000 point threshold on his career, becoming the 38th Siena player to achieve the milestone.

All three freshman scholarship players saw at least 10 minutes of action tonight. Brett Bisping had 5 points in 10 minutes, Ryan Oliver added 7 in 17 minutes, and Rich Audu grabbed 2 points on free throws but was shutout from the field on 0-4 shooting.

The true highlight of the night came at halftime when Fred Shear’s number and name took a well deserved place among Siena greats in the rafters of the Times Union Center. The school honored Shear by retiring his number 50, making him the 4th former Siena player to receive the honor, joining Marc Brown, Kenny Hasbrouck, and Billy Harrell.

The Saints next take on MAAC opponent Iona at home on the 4th. The Saints will be looking to end their nine game losing skid and put one in the win column at home and in conference play. Last season Siena earned a stunning victory over the Gaels, who went on to earn an at large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s to hoping Siena can recapture that magic next Friday.

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