Saints fall to Rider

The Saints found themselves down early, but as is custom fought to make it a game against Rider this afternoon. Unfortunately another trend prevailed as the Saints fell 83-72 and remain winless on the road against MAAC opponents.

The Saints trailed by as many as 12 in the first half but fought their way back into the game, taking a lead in the second half courtesy of back to back Evan Hymes threes. The Saints would push their lead to five, but Rider pushed back, taking the lead back for good with 7:26 to go.

The Saints were led once again by OD Anosike who extended his nation leading double-double streak to 17 games. Anosike has now tied Tim Duncan for the second longest streak in the last 15 years. OD ended his day with a game high 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Brandon Walters had a career day. Walters scored 15 points, a career high, on a perfect 4-4 shooting effort from the floor to go with his 7-8 shooting from the free throw line. Evan Hymes joined Walters and Anosike in double figures, scoring 17, including hitting 5 threes.

Three pointers made a tremendous difference in the contest. While the Saints shot just 8-28 from beyond the arc, Rider was able to sink 11 of 20.

“I thought the threes they made killed us,” Siena head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “Other than that, it was a hell of a game.”

The loss drops the Saints to 10-11, 5-6 in the MAAC. The Saints now return home to square off against St Peters this Friday, 2/3, in the annual Gold Rush game.

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