Saints Lose Tough Road Battle At UMass


Siena gave UMass of the Atlantic-10 all it could handle, battling the Minutemen on the road and tying the game at 83 with 1:26 to go. In the end UMass took advantage of their plentiful free throws to win 95-87.

“Nothing but pride for us, we played great,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “It was a great learning experience and I couldn’t have been prouder of the way we battled.”

The Saints led 41-36 at the half as Lavon Long went toe to toe with the larger Minutemen and Ryan Oliver was on from deep, each scoring 9 points before the break.

Patsos was assessed his first technical foul of the season when after engaging in a verbal exchange with official John Hughes on the way to the locker room, a second official whistled him for the technical. It was a bit of a momentum killer coming out of the break as Trey Davis sank both free throws and two Minutemen layups quickly gave UMass the lead, 42-41.

The game was tight the rest of the way as the two teams exchanged the lead four more times and the score was tied 5 times. The final tie came at the 1:26 mark as Siena’s  Pat Cole layed it in to knot the score, 83-83 after UMass had earlier built the lead to 8. The Minutemen’s final 12 points came off of free throws which sealed the win.

UMass took advantage of a huge free throw disparity hitting 39-52 including 28-35 in the second half. The Saints went 14-22 from the line for the game.

Four Siena players finished in double figures led my senior Rob Poole who scored 19 points along with 9 rebounds. Oliver finished with 14 points, Long had 12 points and 8 rebounds and Cole added 12 off the bench in his Siena debut. Siena out-rebounded UMass 43-39

Trey Davis led UMass with a career-high 28 points in front of 8,187 fans at the Mullins Center. Maxie Esho scored 21 points, Gordon had 17 and Cady Lalanne finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds after going scoreless in the first half.

“I thought we played great,” Poole said. “I think we rebounded well and we were right there the whole game, up five at the half and they’re a really good team.”

Siena returns home to take on Vermont on Monday in the home-opener at the Times Union Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm.


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