Saints Strong Effort Falls Short

For 33 minutes the Saints gave A-10 opponent LaSalle everything they could handle and then some on their home-court. Siena held a 66-58 lead with seven minutes left to the disbelief of a LaSalle homecoming crowd that expected to make easy work of the Saints. Everything quickly turned on the back of LaSalle’s Tyreek Duren. Duren hit back to back three pointers to begin a LaSalle 12-0 run to take a lead they would never give up. The Explorers ended the game on a 20-8 run and stole away the victory by a final of 78-74.

Siena was bolstered in the first half by hot shooting. The team went 5-6 from three point range and shot 53% overall in the half en route to a 42-38 half time lead.

The Saints continued to push the offense and pushed the lead to as many as nine with 9:32 left to play. The game slipped away from the Saints in a four minute span in which LaSalle rattled off a 12-0 run in which Siena went 0-3 from the floor and committed 3 costly turnovers.

The Saints faced a large disparity in free throws, a figure that certainly played a critical role in the game’s outcome. Siena got to the line only eight times while LaSalle attempted 32 free throws, converting 24. LaSalle committed only 10 personal fouls in the game to Siena’s 24.

Rob Poole played a great game in front of a hometown crowd, leading the Saints with 21 points on 9-15 shooting to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while committing no turnovers.

Lavon Long continues to grow and display his dynamic ability. He narrowly missed a double-double scoring 11 while grabbing 9 boards in a team high 36 minutes.

Javion Ogunyemi avoided foul trouble and played his best game for the Saints in his three game old career. The freshman played 29 minutes scoring 7, grabbed 6 rebounds, and blocked two shots.

Evan Hymes saw increased duty at the point coming off the bench. Starting PG Marquis Wright once again found himself in foul trouble, and eventually fouled out for the second consecutive game, after only 17 minutes on the floor. Hymes was sharp on the offensive end scoring 11 and dishing 5 assists while committing 3 turnovers.

With the loss Siena drops to 0-3 on the season, but the team continues to show growth every game. The team will look to put a game in the win column in front of the home crowd this Tuesday, November 19 when the Saints take on St Bonaventure in a contest for the Franciscan Cup.

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