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Loyola Rolls Over Siena In Frustrating Loss

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Siena suffered their worst MAAC loss ever at the Times Union Center Friday night as the defending champion Loyola Greyhounds rolled to a 80-57 win. The 23-point margin marked the largest home loss in league play in over 19 years, a 98-73 blowout by Manhattan at the ARC in 1994.

Simply stated things were not pretty. After trailing by as many as 19 with 6:44 to go in the first half, the Saints showed some life cutting it to 8 at the break and just 6, 37-31 to start off the second half on an OD Anosike tip in. That’s when things started to unravel. Loyola’s Robert Olsen and Dylon Cormier sparked a 15-0 run over the next four minutes which proved to be the knockout blow for Siena.

Soon after that decisive spurt, with Siena trailing 52-32, Brett Bisping entered the game for OD Anosike. Over the next several minutes, as the Loyola lead grew to 29, tempers flared on the bench between Anosike and head coach Mitch Buonaguro. With assistant coach Craig Carter acting as a buffer, Anosike and Buonaguro exchanged heated words as the frustration of a disappointing season boiled over. Anosike would never reenter the game.

In the post game press conference, Buonaguro downplayed the situation.

“There was nothing,” said Buonaguro. “I think it was a frustration level on his part. He wants to win. I decided to play all the young guys. I thought the young kids played well, actually. He was OK about coming out. He was probably a little upset about how things went. It wasn’t a big deal.”

With their fifth straight loss, the Saints move to a record of 4-12 in the MAAC and 6-21 overall. Trenity Burdine led Siena with 12 points Anosike finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Davis Martens added a career high 9 points. Imoh Silas also scored 9 and Rich Audu added 8. Rakeem Brookins was out once again with a continuing back injury.

Loyola Head Coach expressed his concern. “I feel bad cause we’re not that much better than Siena”.

Cormier led Loyola (19-9, 11-5) with 24 points and Olsen added 20 including 4-6 3-pointers.

Siena returns to action next Sunday at the TUC to face Radford in its final game of the ESPN BracketBusters series.

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