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Recap: Siena 55 Fairfield 68

What began as a promising second half to a must win game ended with disappointment and despair as the Saints fell to Fairfield 68-55 in front of a national audience. Siena’s loss, combined with a Canisius win, means that the Saints, ¬†barring a tremendous amount of help, will almost certainly find themselves in a play-in game to begin the MAAC tournament.

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With such significance on this game, the Saints did not help their cause committing 17 turnovers. Rakeem Brookins, and Rahk this pains me to say, looked like a freshman tonight, commiting 6 turnovers and finding himself in foul trouble in the second half. Clarence Jackson, after missing practice this week with an illness, looked rusty as he was 1-8 from the field with only 3 points on the night. As a team the Saints hit only 1 three pointer on the evening.

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The bright spots on the night were Ryan Rossiter and OD Anosike. Ryan had his typical night that we will all miss next season, another double-double. He had 16 pt with 15 boards and an impressive 4 blocked shots. OD added 15 pts and 8 boards with 3 blocks of his own.

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The Saints still have a prayer for the 6 seed as Loyola won tonight and St Peters is presently trailing Iona. Siena will need to beat Marist, have Canisius lose to Loyola, have St Peters lose to Rider, have Manhattan lose to Niagara, and then win a coin toss with Canisius to secure the 6th spot. If your head is spinning don’t feel bad, so is mine.

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The Saints tip off next at 7pm on Sunday against rival Marist. Sunday is Senior night and your last chance this season to see your Saints in Albany. More importantly, this your last chance as a home crowd to thank Ryan Rossiter, Clarence Jackson, and Steven Priestley for their memorable 4 years at Siena. If you need anymore reason than this to be fired up for this game, then scroll down and read the comments by Kenny Hasbrouck and the article by Tom. I’ll be there on Sunday, and i hope you all will join me. Let’s Go Saints!

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