Maine Topples Saints

Siena fell to 2-4 on the season following a 72-66 loss to the Maine Black Bears this afternoon in Orono, Maine.

The Saints pushed the tempo and moved the ball well, but simply did not hit their shots this afternoon, shooting 34% from the field, and only 20% from three on 6-30 shooting. Despite those facts, the Saints held a 36-33 lead at halftime, helped in part to their ability to limit their turnovers to only 5 in the first 20 minutes. Maine adjusted in the second half, doing a much better job of getting in the Saints passing lanes, forcing 9 second half turnovers that proved costly. The Saints have now committed more turnovers than their opponent in all six games this season.

O.D. Anosike once again was a bright spot for the Saints and is playing like a man who does not want to give up the title of nation’s top rebounder. While only taking 9 shots, Anosike scored 12 and pulled down a game high 20 boards to secure his 6th double-double in as many games. Those 20 boards were also enough to allow Anosike to pass Jack Mulvey for 6th all time in Siena history, he now has 798 and is 9 shy of matching Michael Haddix for 5th at 807.

Evan Hymes scored a game high 20 points on 6-14 shooting and a perfect 5-5 performance from the free throw line. The Saints point guard also contributed three assists while keeping his turnovers down to three, a significant improvement over his performance in San Diego. Also in double figures were Rob Poole with 11 and Rakeem Brookins with 15.

The Saints next return home for the first time since an opening night loss to Vermont on the 9th to face UMass Wednesday night.

Some Other Notes:

  • The Saints as a team shot 78% from the free throw line.
  • Imoh Silas played only 6 minutes despite getting the start. He picked up 2 fouls in the games first 4 minutes and played sparingly after.
  • Ryan Oliver played only four minutes while Rich Audu did not play.
  • Rakeem Brookins left the game late in the second half and was seen holding his back behind the bench. Brookins missed last season with a back injury.

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