Poole Fires Saints Past Marist


Senior Rob Poole came out firing and scored 17 second-half points to lift Siena past Marist, 69-60 at the Times Union Center Friday night. Fueled by Poole’s long-range shooting and a lively home crowd of 6,770, the Saints used a 20-2 second half run to pull away from the rival Red Foxes.

It was a sluggish first half as neither team could find any rhythm. The Saints committed 10 turnovers and managed just 2 assists as a team in the first 20 minutes and were knotted at half with the last place Red Foxes, 28-28.

Marist’s T.J. Curry hit a three-pointer with 17:59 to go, giving his team a three point lead as he gestured on his way down the floor. Poole answered right back with a three of his own igniting a 20-2 Siena run that was capped by a Lavon Long three-pointer with 12:54 remaining as the Saints led 50-35.

Siena led by double digits for most of the way from there and although a late game surge cut the lead down to 6, it was too little too late as the Red Foxes (1-18, 0-9) suffered their 14th straight loss.

With the win, the Saints move to 8-10 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC tied with Manhattan for 5th place

Poole, who had missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, finished with a game-high 20 points shooting 6-11 from the field and 5-7 from three-point range. He also added 7 rebounds.

Long finished with 15 points on 5-8 shooting while Marquis Wright tallied 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Javion Ogunyemi added 11 points with 5 rebounds and Willem Brandwijk grabbed 8 boards.

Chavaughn Lewis led Marist with 19 points on 7-21 shooting from the field overall  and 0-5 from three-point range. Curry finished with 14 points and Khallid Hart added 11 shooting just 4-14, 2-9 from three .

The Saints return to the Times Union center on Sunday looking for their first three-game win streak of the season as they face St. Peter’s. Tip off is scheduled for 2 pm.

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