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Saints Impressive In Exhibition Win Over NJCU
- Updated: November 3, 2013
photo courtesy of SienaSaints.com
In an encouraging sign of things to come, a new look Siena team, led by head coach Jimmy Patsos, displayed a number of bright spots on Saturday night on their way to an 88-56 exhibition game win over New Jersey City University at the ARC. With an up-tempo style as advertised, the Saints attack wore down the D-III NJCU team coached by Siena legend, Marc Brown.
The Saints were led by junior tandem Rob Poole with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and Evan Hymes, starting at the shooting guard position, who also scored 16 points along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The freshmen class was impressive for Siena with Marquis Wright, Lavon Long and Javion Ogunyemi getting the start. Wright was solid running the point, finishing the game with 8 points to go along with 8 assists and just 1 turnover. At 6’6”, Long showed his versatility with a combination of strength, hustle, passing ability and solid ball-handling, at times leading the break while finishing with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 blocked shot. Local standout Ogunyemi appeared to be the most effective at the center position on both ends of the floor adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Fellow freshman Michael Wolfe showed flashes of his high potential, literally, as late in the second half he soared for an alley-oop dunk that delighted the crowd of 1,069. Adding 8 points with 2 boards, Wolfe showed why he is no longer considered a red-shirt candidate and will be counted on to contribute this season. Classmate Maurice White sat out with a groin injury but is likely to be available for the season opener.
The Saints pushed the tempo with frequency scoring 14 fast break points and utilized solid ball movement in a motion offense while taking care of the ball. As a team they combined for 22 assists with just 11 turnovers.
Walik Albright led NJCU with a double-double scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds.
The Saints tip off the regular season in a double header with the women’s team vs. cross-town rival, UAlbany on Friday night at the Times Union Center.