Saints Fall to Fordham

On the drive home from the game tonight the Daniel Powter song, “Bad Day”, came on the radio. I really can’t stand the song, but it was the perfect summary for tonight’s Saints game vs Fordham. The Saints came out flat and Fordham made them pay. The final result? A 74-59 Saints loss.

This game lined up to be a winnable game for the Saints. Entering tonight’s matchup Fordham was shooting a paltry 37% from the field, 23% from behind the arc, and 55% from the free throw line. Unfortunately for the Saints, that Fordham team didn’t show up tonight. The Rams shot well over 50% for most of the night before cooling late to finish at 47.5% for the game. More impressively, and the real difference tonight, was the Rams 47% shooting from three point land.¬†Riding incredibly hot shooting early, 7-11 from three in the first half, the Rams jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead just three and half minutes into the contest, and never trailed.

Siena did themselves no favors from the floor. The Saints had plenty of open looks at the basket from three, but just could not find their stroke. They shot a meager 15%, 3-20, from behind the line, including 0-5 performances from both Evan Hymes and Owen Wignot.

On the defensive side the fire that we have come to expect from this year’s team was lacking tonight. There was a flash of that intensity in the final minutes as the Saints desperately clung to hope, but it was too little too late. Too often the Rams were left with an area code of space to shoot from, with the Saints seemingly content to allow the deep shot uncontested.

The Saints, tonight, looked tired. Maybe its the approaching finals week, surely weighing on their minds. Maybe it was the fast paced back and forth game against UMass only 3 days before. Or Maybe, its simply the product of a grueling schedule with little time to rest and a team composed largely of freshmen adjusting to the college game. Regardless, i can guarantee that everyone in the locker room following this game would want nothing more than to take a mulligan tonight, knowing this one got away.

Despite the rough performance there were some highlights. The first came before the game even tipped when Sophomore Trenity Burdine participated in pregame warmups with the team. According to a tweet by Trenity earlier in the day he is expecting to return for the Princeton game next week, a welcomed return to a thin and tiring Saints team.

OD Anosike had another strong performance. Facing a double team that limited his production early, Anosike kept pushing and ended the night with yet another double-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Downey also had a strong showing, scoring 22 and adding a few big steals late in the game.

The Saints now get a long 9 days off for finals and to recharge before returning to action next week against Princeton.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous

    December 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Well, I guess the only thing to say is that: "While you are never as good as your best, likewise you are never as bad as your worst"!

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