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Loyola Outlasts the Saints

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Siena controlled tempo and hung around for 30 minutes with defending MAAC champion Loyola Friday night, but ultimately foul trouble and an early injury to Evan Hymes caught up to them as they lost, 63-51.

Hymes went down with a thigh injury just 5 minutes into the game and would never return. His availability for Sunday is uncertain. Although Siena (6-18, 4-9) trailed just 30-27 at the half, Loyola’s pressure eventually got to the Saints as they scored 24 points off of Siena’s 19 turnovers (Brookins 6, Poole 5). A 10-0 Loyola run midway through the second half created enough separation for the Greyhound win.

OD Anosike led Siena with 16 points, 16 rebounds, his 14th double-double of the season. Rob Poole added 12 points despite appearing to be out of sync for much of the game and Rakeem Brookins finished with 8 points. Imoh Silas was a bright spot off the bench with 4 points, 5 rebounds and a block.

Preseason MAAC Player of the Year, Erik Etherly led second place Loyola (17-8, 9-4) with a season-high 25 points. Dylon Cromier and Robert Olson each added 11.

Siena heads to St. Peter’s on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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