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Post Game: Saints 64 Iona 94

Our beloved Saints saw their season come to a close tonight in grizzly fashion, 94-64. The Saints hung tough for a half, but the wear of last night’s OT victory and the relentless Iona attack were simply too much to overcome. Ryan Rossiter, the MAAC player of the year and a Siena all-time great, and fellow senior Clarence Jackson were left to watch the final 5 minutes of the game from the bench, witnessing, through their tears, something that had never happened in their collegiate careers, a Siena defeat in the MAAC Tournament.

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The Saints put up a fight in the first half, countering several Iona runs with runs of their own and minimizing turnovers. However, Mike Glover put on a show, and the Saints were never able to truly contain him. The game quickly got out of hand in the second half as Glover continued to punish the Saints defense and, beginning to press, the ball began to literally slip out of the Saints hands as the turnover count escalated. The Saints were never able to find their stride. Ryan Rossiter ended his career without a double-double, scoring 11 with only 6 rebounds. He was consistently forced onto the perimeter by the Gaels defense, severely hindering his rebounding totals. Clarence Jackson added 16 in his final game as a Saint.

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The story of the night was Iona’s Mike Glover. The Seton Hall transfer scored 31 ¬†with 11 rebounds. He was joined by 3 of his teammates in double scoring.

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This was a tough way for the Saints season to end. I truly felt bad for Ryan, Clarence, and Steve to have their careers end with such a one sided loss. To see the tears and emotion when they exited the game was tough to watch. We here at 4guysinblazers truly appreciate all that you contributed to the program and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, be they the NBA, overseas, or the workforce.

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And thats it Saints fans. We now have the next 7 months to discuss what could have been, and what could be next season. We hope you stick with us through the offseason as we’ll continue to provide you Siena Saints coverage and discussion through the coming months.

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