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Rider Run Sinks Saints

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Rider utilized a game-changing second half run to pull away and beat Siena, 80-68 Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. Teddy Okereafor, a 6-4 junior guard transfer from VCU was the difference for the Broncs, scoring a game-high 28 points to lead his team to the win in their MAAC opener.

Siena trailed most of the first half but despite an overall lack of production offensively, as compared to recent outings, they were able to keep things close for the most part. Rider did open up a 9-point lead with 1:26 to go in the half but a hoop by Jimmy Paige and three made free throws by Ryan Oliver with 1 second to go, created a mini 5-0 run for the Saints as they trailed 34-30 going into the break.

Siena managed to take a 3-point lead in the second half which was then erased with 14:53 to go when Rider’s Anthony D’Orazio nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 42. That began a 27-6 run by the Broncs over the next seven and a half minutes and the Saints soon found themselves trailing by eighteen, 66-48.  Siena missed 9 shots and committed 7 turnovers and coach Jimmy Patsos was assessed a technical foul during that rough span. They trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

“This is not a disastrous loss, but we have to learn from it,” said Patsos. “I think we lost a little toughness on the ball, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. We’re a work in progress right now.”

Siena committed 18 turnovers in all after going into the game averaging just 10 per contest.

Lavon Long put in a valiant effort for Siena (3-4, 1-1) scoring a team-high 16 points along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals before fouling out for the first time this season, with a couple minutes to go.

“I’ve never coached a tougher kid than Lavon,” Patsos said.

Patrick Cole scored a season-high 15 points shooting 4-4 from the field and pulled down 4 boards, after making his first start as a Saint. Rob Poole added 12 points.

Okereafor shot 9-13 from the field, 3-5 from beyond the arc and 7-7 from the  free throw line while pulling down a game-high 9 rebounds. D’Orazio scored 12 points and Zedric Sadler added 11. The Broncs (4-5, 1-0) outrebounded the Saints 39-25.

“Rebounding is going to be an issue with (Brett) Bisping and (Imoh) Silas gone,” Patsos said. “I think someone needs to step up. We were small and had 18 turnovers. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Siena will look to once again resurge after a tough loss as they return home to face crosstown rival UAlbany in the annual Albany Cup Game on Saturday. The double header opens with the women’s game tipping off at 5 pm followed by the men’s game at 7:30 pm.

 

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