Saints lose Albany Cup to Danes

For the second time in three years the Saints found themselves on the losing end of their rivalry matchup with UAlbany. Trailing throughout much of the game, and the entire second half, the Saints fell 69-56.

Despite limiting the Danes two best weapons, guards Iati and Black, to 26 combined points, the Saints were never able to find a rhythm in the game, and were incapable of getting any momentum in the second half to make a late surge. For every Saints basket, Albany had an answer, and then some. While the Saints did get it to 7 in the closing minutes, Albany quickly shut the door. As the final score indicates, this game really was firmly controlled by the Danes.

Give the Danes some credit as well, they took O.D. Anosike largely out of the game, and are the first team this season to keep Anosike from achieving a double-double. He finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

One of the bright spots for the Saints was the strong play of Rob Poole. Poole scored 17 of his career high tying 19 points in the second half, single handedly at times keeping the prospect of a comeback alive.

The Saints also received solid bench contributions from Rich Audu who scored 5 quick first half points but questionably, along with Brett Bisping, saw no second half playing time.

For the game the Saints outshot the Danes 47% to 39.6% but saw an enormous free throw disparity. While the Danes made 21 of 24 freebees the Saints only reached the charity stripe 7 times, hitting 5. The Saints were also out rebounded 33-26 and dominated on the offensive glass 11-4.

Following the game Siena Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro proclaimed Albany the better team. Certainly the outcome warranted such a statement, but its a bitter pill for Siena fans to swallow, and one that won’t go down easily. As Albany Head Coach Will Brown stated, basketball is Siena’s baby. Losing the edge in basketball to Albany, even temporarily, is a position no Siena fan wants to see.

The Saints will next hit the road to take on St Bonaventure before returning home Friday night to open MAAC play against Rider.

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