Saints Sink Navy

It took overtime and could hardly be called pretty, but the Saints earned a hard fought 54-49 win over Navy this afternoon in Annapolis. With the win the Saints evened their season record at 1-1, and move to 2-0 lifetime against the Naval Academy. The win marked career win number 100 for Siena Head Coach, Mitch Buonaguro.

The Saints shot 8-25 from the field in the first half, and not surprisingly went to the locker room trailing 23-21. The second half saw little improvement on the offensive end, with Siena shooting 9-25, but the Saints defense was able to limit Navy’s attack, allowing the Saints to grab a 47-41 lead with a minute to play. Navy, however, wasn’t finished quite yet and scored the game’s final six points in regulation, aided by two Siena turnovers, to push the game to overtime.

In the extra session the Saints defense rose to the occasion, holding the Midshipmen scoreless from the field on 0-8 shooting, and yielding only two points which came on free throws. Free throws by Imoh Silas, Brett Bisping, and Evan Hymes along with an OD Anosike put back were enough to give Siena the win.

Imoh Silas enjoyed a breakout performance, demonstrating for the first time in game action his tremendous potential. Silas grabbed 12 boards, blocked three shots, and scored 5 points on 2-3 shooting in 26 minutes. Those minutes came at the expense of starter Davis Martens, who saw only 5 minutes of action.

“We’ve been seeing that in practice the last year and a half,” said Assistant Coach Tobin Anderson of Silas following the game. “I think he just needed a breakout game. Today for us, that was a breakout game for him.”

OD Anosike saw an improved performance from the free throw line, shooting 5-8, and once again was a dominant force on the court. OD grabbed 12 boards and scored 17 points on 6-7 shooting to earn the 30th double-double of his career and his second of the season.

Rob Poole struggled from the floor, shooting 3-12 from the floor, 1-6 from three, but again put up workman numbers and just missed a double-double. Poole had 10 points, 9 boards, and 3 assists and steals in a full 45 minutes of action. Poole’s 9 rebounds was a career high.

Evan Hymes was in the starting lineup two days after struggling with severe cramping against Vermont. Hymes played 43 minutes, but struggled badly from the floor tonight. He shot 2-16, including 0-8 in the first half , and finished the game with 9 points, 1 assist, and 3 turnovers.

For the game the Saints out-rebounded Navy 48-39 and despite their shooting woes fell just short of tying Navy’s field goal percentage, 32.8 – 32.7.

Following the game, Assistant Coach Tobin Anderson, spoke on the Saints offensive woes.

“We’ve got to find a way to score some more points. I think we’re playing too much in the half court. We worked on it yesterday in practice to get up and down and get some more stuff in transition. We have to, we can’t just grind it out in the half court because OD is getting all sorts of defensive pressure. As the year goes along, we’ve got to start going more in transition and get more easy baskets.”

The Saints will next travel to San Diego, CA to participate in the NUCDF Basketball Challenge. The Saints will play three games in three nights, with the first coming Friday night against Cal State Northridge.

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