Saints Bucked by Broncs

Any plan for building off of improvements seen in Siena’s matchup vs Iona Friday night went out the window this afternoon. The Rider Broncs used a 21-5 run to start the second half to run over the Saints, 72-53 this afternoon in Lawrenceville. The loss runs the Saints losing streak to 11 games, and drops their record to 2-13, 0-4 in MAAC play.

Aside from a career day from Rob Poole, the Saints were unable to do anything offensively against Rider. If not for a 21-1 disparity on free throws (yes, Rider had only one free throw attempt), the final score would have been a more troubling affair than it already is. In fact, free throw shooting was the only place the Saints had any success. As a team, Siena converted 17 of 21 attempts, a very respectable 81%.

From the floor, the Saints were ice cold. In a season plagued by poor shooting, today stood as the low point of the season. The team shot 15-56 from the floor, a paltry 26.8%. Conversely Rider shot 53.4% from the field, and 50% from three to cruise to victory.

As stated before, Rob Poole had a career day, scoring 22 points while adding 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Poole shot 6-11 from the field, and was 4-6 from three, presenting the bright spot in any otherwise dark affair.

Of other note, Imoh Silas was 2-2 from the field, scoring 4 points to go with a block and rebound in 11 minutes of play. Brett Bisping contributed a career high 9 points.

OD Anosike was held to a season low 3 points, to go with 8 rebounds, while Siena’s backcourt struggles continued. Evan Hymes and Rakeem Brookins shot a combined 3-19, while commiting 8 turnovers to 7 assists.

The Saints will return home Friday to take on Canisius in yet another attempt to put an end to their season and home losing streaks.

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