Saints Defeat Navy in Opener

The Saints got their season off to a quick start with a 65-56 victory over Navy. Kyle Downey led the way with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He appeared to be everywhere on the court, constantly moving and creating opportunities. Brandon Walters also put in a strong performance with 12 points and 7 rebounds, matching his season point total of last season in the opening night!

The real story of the night was the performance of Siena’s freshmen class, Rob Poole, Evan Hymes, Davonte Beard, and Marcus Hopper. The success of the season will depend largely on the performance of these young men and they did not disappoint. Hymes handled the point quite skillfully scoring 10 points and adding 3 assists while committing only 2 turnovers in his collegiate debut. He displayed his blazing speed several times while driving to the basket. Rob Poole added 9 points, including hitting 3 key free throws down the stretch to extend the Saints lead. He looked to grow in confidence as the game wore on and impressed with the competitive fire he displayed on the court. Davonte Beard had 7 points and 4 assists while relieving Evan Hymes and Kyle Downey and showed flashes of his ability and speed on defense. Marcus Hopper added 3 points in limited action coming off the bench.

The Saints were able to out play the Midshipmen despite being left with an 8 man roster, 6 scholarship, following injuries to Captain Owen Wignot early in the first half and freshman Evan Hymes midway through the second. Wignot left the game, and did not return, following a head injury sustained when he hit the floor hard while being fouled on a lay up (he hit it). Hymes left with 13 minutes left in the second with a leg cramp. Hymes is expected to play Saturday vs Mount St Mary while Wignot’s ability to go is in doubt as he is being monitored for a possible concussion.

The Saints showed a tremendous amount of grit tonight, and I loved the intensity i saw from the freshmen. Navy is a weaker opponent, and a stronger team would have likely exploited the Saints short bench and the foul troubles of Kyle Downey and OD Anosike more, but tonight gave the Saints a tremendous place the build from.

For further coverage of the game read:
Commentary on Coaching Staff
Freshmen Impress
Rob Poole Rises to Occasion

One Comment

  1. Anonymous

    November 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Navy was the ideal team for Siena to start the season with. Hopefully, the two players injured will be ok. The coaching staff did a good job of mixing up the man and zone defenses. You could see the confidence grow as the game progressed. Even when it got close at the end, there was no panic. Only one game, but very impressive.

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