Saints Climb Standings With Win

Siena used a solid defensive effort and a bevy of free throws to grind out a win vs a struggling Saint Peter’s team, 66-53. With the win the Saints push their MAAC record to 2-4, out of the MAAC cellar, and into a tie for seventh with Fairfield.

Entering the game 335th in the nation in free throw shooting, the Saints used a solid 27-36 performance from the line to help push the team to victory in game featuring 44 fouls. Saint Peter’s managed only 12 shots from the line, converting only 5. O.D Anosike led the way with a 12-17 performance from the line in route to a game high 20 point performance.

Rich Audu also hit 2 big threes late in the second half to push the Siena lead back to double digits. Audu saw 39 minutes of action replacing an injured Ryan Oliver and seized the opportunity with 9 points and 4 rebounds. Oliver, who started in place of Rob Poole who missed his second consecutive game due to the flu, reportedly sustained a sprain of his surgically repaired left knee. He will have an MRI if he doesn’t improve tomorrow.

Rakeem Brookins, of buzzer beater fame, had another solid performance, scoring 18 points, on 6-11 shooting, to go with 2 assists and 5 steals while committing only 1 turnover. Fellow backcourt member Evan Hymes also reached double digits with 12 points but had second half turnover troubles that briefly saw him take a seat on the bench while Chris Leppanen handled the point. Upon his return Hymes appeared more focused and in control.

For the game Siena out rebounded (28-27), committed fewer turnovers (19-16), and outshot (42%=39%) Saint Peter’s.

The win was the Saints second of the weekend, and officially places them on their first winning streak of the season. While Siena certainly has more work to do to recover from their 11 game losing streak, they find their MAAC record at a manageable 2-4, only one game out of avoiding the play in game, and 2 games out of the third.

Siena, along with the rest of the MAAC, has off until Thursday when they will head out on their annual Buffalo trip to face Niagara on Thursday and Canisius on Saturday afternoon.

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