Saints Fall Flat At Quinnipiac

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Game Recap Courtesy of Siena Athletics:

Quinnipiac used an early 18-0 run to take a 25-10 lead and never looked back in a 73-63 victory over Siena Friday night in Hamden. Evan Hymes scored 20 points to lead the way for the Saints, surpassing 1,300 for his career and becoming just the fifth player in program history to collect 1,300 points and 300 assists.

It was Siena’s eighth loss in its last 10 games with only Sunday’s regular-season finale at Monmouth remaining before the MAAC Tournament begins Thursday night.

“We can’t score,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We’re doing our best. We had a game plan, we had really good looks. My starting two and three man were 2-for-14 with 10 fouls. I am going to be forced to make adjustments.”

Quinnipiac got 20 points from senior Zaid Hearst and 18 from classmate Evan Conti. Conti made four of the Bobcats’ six three-pointers. Justin Harries had 15 points, nine rebounds, and five of Quinnipiac’s 13 blocks. Ousmane Drame finished with 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and James Ford added nine points, six rebounds and six assists.

Quinnipiac, which leads the nation in rebounding and rebounding margin, collected 56 boards.

Siena started fast, taking a 10-7 lead with 14:26 to play in the first half before the decisive run. The Saints went the next six minutes and 40 seconds without scoring and were done in by foul trouble.

Four Siena players picked up three first half fouls, and Quinnipiac made 18-21 free throws before intermission. The Bobcats finished 27-31 from the foul line, Siena made just 12-23 tries from the stripe.

“I thought three of our starters were really flat,” Patsos said. “They scored and we couldn’t answer. Then we fouled because we couldn’t get a rebound. I know we’re shorthanded, and they were all excited to play us because (we beat them), but I think we’re better players than that.”

Siena’s leading scorer Rob Poole finished with just four points and fouled out in 19 minutes. Third-leading scorer Lavon Long was held scoreless and fouled out in just 17 minutes. It’s the seventh time in nine games he’s been disqualified.

Point guard Marquis Wright joined Hymes as a bright spot for the Saints finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

“Marquis was a one-man wrecking crew,” Patsos said.

It wasn’t nearly enough. 

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