Late Monmouth Run Beats Siena In Regular Season Finale

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Siena led for most of the game and by as many as 11 points with under 11 minutes to go, but a late-game 10-2 run in the final 1:28 pushed Monmouth past the Saints, 63-57 in the final regular season game of the season. It was the Saints’ 9th loss in the last 11 games as they continue to struggle heading in the MAAC Tournament.

“They played very hard,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “Certain guys are really competing.”

Playing without leading scorer Rob Poole (ankle), the Saints got a huge lift from Ryan Oliver who led them in scoring with 18 points including four three-pointers. Javion Ogunyemi added 10 points with 4 blocked shots.

“Javion has the flu but he tried to play,” said Patsos. “He tried. He was sick We have to have some other guys step up. He’s had an unbelievable year. We had the injury bug this year and it’s really hurt us this year but we didn’t quit which was good.”

Evan Hymes scored 9. Willem Brandwijk grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds to go along with 5 points and Marquis Wright finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

“A couple of outstanding performances by Ryan Oliver I thought again, Marquis there he is just giving it his all but I gotta get these guys some help,” Patsos said.

Deon Jones scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half for Monmouth. He was 12-16 from the free-throw line and added 13 rebounds. Justin Robinson scored 16 points and Andrew Nicholas added 11.

Monmouth dominated the glass outrebounding Siena 47-29. The Hawks grabbed 24 offensive rebounds and outscored the Saints 17-4 on second chance points.

“I’m looking down and watching some guys with no rebounds and one rebound. We have to come together and decide to rebound or it’s gonna be over really quickly on Thursday.”

The Saints finish the regular season in a tie for 8th place with Niagara with a MAAC record of 7-13. Since Siena swept Niagara in the regular season, they become the No. 8 seed and will face the No. 9 seed Purple Eagles in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Times Union Center.

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