Saints Can’t Contain Griffins


The old adage goes, “live by the three die by the three,” unfortunately for the Saints old adages don’t always hold true. Canisius raced out to a big first half lead courtesy of a barrage of three pointers and never looked back, dropping Siena by a final of 93-78.

“We just weren’t mentally ready to play, ” said sophomore forward Brett Bisping. “We have to come out ready to play and we didn’t today.”

Canisius took full advantage of the Saints sluggish start. The Griffs shredded the Saints defense in the first half, hitting 10 of 15 three point attempts to head into the locker room with a 57-36 lead.

“I didn’t flip out and I was really nice today and I didn’t yell at anybody I just kept pointing out drive the basketball,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “It’s my job for not getting them ready. I thought I would have to reel our guys in today to play they’d be so excited to try and sweep Buffalo and come out of here in first place. But that’s why kids are difficult to read today.”

Canisius continued their torrid pace in the opening minutes of the second half, pushing the lead to 27, 72-45, five minutes into the half. Siena would claw back to within 10, but Canisius would not be deterred. Billy Baron and Jordan Heath both hit threes in the closing minutes to ensure the Griffins victory.

Billy Baron had his way with the Saints defense throughout the game. He scored a game high 21 points and dished 13 assists in the winning effort. Baron was 3-7 from three while the Griffs as a team shot 15-26.

“I told these guys Baron’s a great player,” said Patsos. “Baron’s got a chance to play in The League (NBA). I told them to be ready”.

The Saints meanwhile shot 56% for the game but were only 1-9 from deep.

Rob Poole, who was 4-6 from three vs Niagara while scoring 21 points was held in check by Canisius. The junior was held to only six shots and was 1-4 from beyond the arc in scoring nine points.

Brett Bisping added a career high 17 points and narrowly missed a double-double in grabbing 9 boards.

“Bisping’s continued to be a warrior 24-7 for us meaning every minute he plays”, said Patsos

Likewise Marquis Wright narrowly missed a double-double. The freshman point guard had a career high 12 assists and 8 points. On the Western NY trip Wright had 22 assists and now has 68 through the seasons first 11 games.

Mike Wolfe also had a breakout game. The freshman was 6-7 from the field, scoring 14 points grabbing 4 rebounds and adding 2 assists in 24 minutes.

The Saints drop to 3-8 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC with the loss. The team now has an extended layoff for finals before resuming play December 23 at home vs Hofstra.

Note: In his post game comments Siena coach Jimmy Patsos made reference to an unspecified concern that occurred toward the end of the game.

“There’s a play that I want to look at that I thought maybe was the tide of the turn,” said Patsos. “I’m gonna look at the tape. I thought there was some shenanigans going on at the end of the game in terms of players’ stuff. I wanna watch that before I make any comments on that. I’m gonna watch the video tape very closely.”

Stay Tuned!

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