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Monmouth Beats Siena Despite Wright’s Career Night

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Siena’s Marquis Wright exploded for a career-high 36 points but Justin Robinson, the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, answered with a career best of his own, 40 points, as Monmouth beat the Saints 102-82 at the Times Union Center Monday night. The two star guards put on a show tallying two of the top nine Division I scoring performances in TUC history and their combined 76 points were the most ever scored by two players in the same game in that building.

Things were pretty even in the early going as the two teams traded punches for much of the first ten minutes. Monmouth was twice able to creep up to a ten-point lead but the Saints closed the gap in the closing seconds as Nico Clareth grabbed a steal and fed Wright for a three pointer making it 47-46 Monmouth at the break. The Saints shot 55% for the half but the Hawk’s 59% gave them the advantage.

Wright came out on a mission in the second half scoring 11 of Siena’s first 13 points and his two back-to-back three-pointers gave Siena the lead, 59-57 with 15:31 to go. Robinson and Monmouth showed their muscle answering with a 15-1 game-changing run as the Saints struggled to get stops while stalling on the offensive end. With a 72-60 lead just inside of 11 minutes to go, the Hawks held a double digit advantage the rest of the way grabbing their 12th straight win.

Wright shot 11-19 from the field overall and his career-high six threes came on 11 attempts. He was 8 of 10 from the free throw line and his 36 points was the most for a Siena player since Edwin Ubiles went for 37 in a loss against a Jimmy Patsos led Loyola team on Feb. 16, 2008 at the TUC.

Javion Ogunyemi scored 16 points on 6-7 shooting for Siena (12-15, 9-7) and Nico Clareth added 11 in the Saints’ third straight home loss after going 7-1 at home to start the season.

Robinson scored 28 of his points in the second half for Monmouth (22-5, 14-2). He shot 14-20 from the field, including 8-13 from three for the Hawks in tying Billy Baron of Canisius (Feb. 16, 2014) for the fourth most points scored in arena history.

Je’lon Hornbeak added 18 points for the Hawks which shot 57.6% from the field, including 13-24 from beyond the arc. Austin Tilghman added 11 points off the bench, and Josh James scored 10 for Monmouth which won its 10th true road game this season and sixth straight.

Monmouth outrebounded Siena 32-23 and scored 19 second chance points on their 13 offensive rebounds. They held a 20 point advantage inside, outscoring the Saints 44-24 in the paint.

Siena committed 19 turnovers and the Hawks took advantage scoring 19 of their points off of those miscues.

The Saints return to action of Thursday when they host Manhattan at the Times Union Center. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Box Score and Final Stats

Remaining Regular Season Games:

Feb 16 MANHATTAN* 7 PM

Feb 18 NIAGARA* 8 PM

Feb 24 at Monmouth* 7 PM

Feb 26 MARIST* 4 PM

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