Saints Season Comes to An End

In a hard fought physical battle, the Saints fell to the Niagara Purple Eagles this afternoon by the score of 74-62. The loss ends one of the must tumultuous seasons in Saints history and begins what could prove to be an eventful offseason for the program.

The Saints trailed basically throughout the matchup, but managed to answer every Niagara surge with a run of their own until the bitter end. Going into the half the Saints trailed by a mere one point, 32-31, following an Evan Hymes three in the closing seconds.

Niagara came out of the locker room hot in the second half, scoring the first 10 points. As always the Saints kept fighting back, and used an 8-0 run to close within two at 47-45 with 11:33 to play, but it was as close as the team would get. Siena was never able to pull even, let alone take a lead, and Niagara closed out the 74-62 victory.

Siena was plagued by two common problems that were consistent throughout the season, poor free throw shooting and turnovers. The team committed 20 turnovers, 10 in each half, and shot only 50% from the free throw line. Those two statistics cost the Saints the game as they outshot Niagara 50%-40% from the field and 56%-28% from beyond the arc.

The loss not only ended the Saints season but the Siena career of OD Anosike. Anosike went out earning his 46th career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He finishes his time at Siena second all time in rebounds and 23rd on the all time list in points. A fierce competitor, well spoken, and athletically gifted, OD will surely be playing somewhere next season in the professional ranks.

Evan Hymes and Rob Poole joined Anosike in double figures with 14 points a piece, shooting a combined 7-11 from beyond the arc.

With today’s loss the Saints finish the season with a record of 8-24, matching the program worst loss mark set by the 2004-05 Saints that went 6-24.

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