Saints Fall Flat vs. St. Peter’s

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Looking for their first three-game win streak of the season, Siena continued to struggle to find consistency as they suffered a 69-55 loss to St. Peter’s at the Times Union Center on Sunday afternoon. Now 5-5 in the MAAC, the Saints have split all five conference weekends this season.

“I thought we’d be sky high going for the (weekend) sweep,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I’m trying to get us where we’re gonna get two wins in a weekend instead of one. I just didn’t think we emotionally had it.”

Siena opened up the game with a  fine alley-oop dunk  by Willem Brandwijk on an assist from Rob Poole in their opening possession. They proceeded to turn the ball over four times and missed a shot in their next five possessions as St. Peter’s rattled off 10 straight points to jump to an early 10-2 lead. The Saints battled back and managed to tie it up, 19-19 on an Evan Hymes three-pointer with 7:42 to go in the half. But, the Peacocks went on a 13- 6 run to take a 32-25 lead into the break.

“Once again my pregame speech of just take care of the ball and we’ll grind it out, it will be a final possession game, was well heeded,” said Patsos. We had 10 turnovers that led to 20 points in the first half.”

Siena coach Jimmy Patsos was assessed a technical foul as he became incensed when on the final play of the half, Hymes was sandwiched and knocked to the floor as he drove to the hoop and no foul was called. St. Peter’s converted both technical free throws after the break and would go into the final 20 minutes with a 9-point lead.

The Saints twice trimmed the lead to six but went scoreless over a four minute span. Meanwhile the Peacocks scored 15 unanswered points to grow their lead to 53-22 with 11:30 remaining. They cruised the rest of the way as Siena fell to 4-6 at home this season.

The Peacocks scored 30 points off of 17 Siena turnovers while the Saints scored just 5 points following 15 St. Peter’s turnovers.

Lavon Long was the only Saint in double figures scoring 14 points with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Marquis Wright and Evan Hymes each had 9 points and Rob Poole was held to just 8 points.

Desi Washington led St. Peter’s (10-11, 4-6) with a game-high 22 points and Marvin Dominique added 17.

“My message was simple, we have to worry about Dominique and Desi Washington,” Patsos said. “They must have thought I said don’t worry about those two guys.”

St. Peter’s shot 52.9% from the field overall and 60% from three-point range. Meanwhile, Siena hit just 34.8% from the field and 31.3% from three. The Peacocks out-rebounded Siena 33-26.

“That was one of our top three performances of the season,” Saint Peter’s coach John Dunne said. “I think we played with great energy. Just a solid team effort.”

Siena now heads on the road to face Manhattan on Friday. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

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