Marist Steals Win From Saints

With seconds remaining Siena looked poised to grab a hard to come by road victory at the expense of rival Marist. The basketball gods had other plans. Marist’s Jay Bowie stole a Brett Bisping inbounds pass and hit a three pointer from the corner to give Marist an improbable 65-64 victory over the Saints.

This one was sloppy from the tip as both teams struggled offensively throughout the game but especially in the first half. Marist shot 22.2% from the floor on 6-27 shooting but found themselves trailing by only one heading into the locker room,  26-25. Marist’s ability to remain in the game was due in large part to the Saints own offensive woes. The team shot 9-35, 25.5%, in the half.

Marist came out and briefly grabbed the lead in the second half before Siena reopened the lead, pushing it to as many as 8. Chavaughn Lewis kept the Red Foxes close with a pair of dunks to cut the deficit to 4 with four minutes to play. The lead would stay relatively unchanged until the closing seconds thanks in great part to Lavon Long. Long was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line in the closing minute to put the Saints in a great position to win.

Siena found itself still holding a 4 point advantage when Chavaughn Lewis ran the length of the court for a quick layup to cut the lead to 2 with 6.7 seconds remaining. With no timeouts left Brett Bisping attempted an inbounds pass to a well guarded Lavon Long in the corner. Jay Bowie stole the pass and drained a three with 3 seconds to go to ice the game for Marist and send the Saints home stunned.

Siena struggled as a team offensively throughout the game, shooting 31.7% from the field. Siena’s bigs, Imoh Silas and Javion Ogunyemi shot a combined 1-9 from the field. Marist was also able to limit Rob Poole, Siena’s leading scorer to only 7 points on 3-9 shooting.

The bright spot of the game, aside from Long’s late game performance, was the play of Marquis Wright. Wright scored a career high 20 points and was the entirety of the Saints offense for stretches of the game.

Joining Long, who finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Wright in double figures was Brett Bisping who finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

With the loss the Saints missed an opportunity to climb into the coveted 5 spot in the MAAC standings. Instead Siena now finds itself in a sixth place tie with Marist at 7-8, still one game behind Rider for fifth.

Siena returns to action this Sunday at 2pm against Canisius.

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