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Saints Struggle At Home Against Iona

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Iona outshot Siena from long distance and came away with the win, beating the Saints 77-66 at the Times Union Center on Friday night. The Gaels topped the Saints for the 13th time in the last 15 meetings and for the 7th straight time in Albany.

Iona’s success from beyond the arc (10-23, 43.5%) seemed to draw Siena into trying to outdo them at their own game. The result was not good for the Saints who settled for far too many long distance attempts connecting on just 3 of 19 (15.8%) three-point shots.

Entering the second half of the conference schedule, the Saints were hoping to continue to ride the wave of having won 5 of their last 6 games. They came in tied with Iona in third place and were looking to position  themselves amongst the league leaders. They came up short however, disappointing a season-high home crowd of 6,826.

After struggling to get stops on the defensive end, and trouble connecting offensively, Siena found themselves trailing by 10 points, 44-34 at the half. The game seemed well within reached however as the Saints scored the first basket of the second half to trim the Iona lead to 8 with 18:06 to go.

Iona’s explosive offense started to take hold through the mid point of the period as they quickly built the lead up to 21 points, 68-47 with 8:07 remaining. The final score was somewhat deceptive as the Saints never seemed to mount a serious comeback as they dropped their second home game of the season.

Javion Ogunyemi and Marquis Wright each scored 16 points for Siena (9-13, 6-5). Wright added 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Brett Bisping added his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. He became just the sixth player in program history to record 900 career rebounds.

Lavon Long, who had been solid for the Saints during their recent stretch, struggled to find a rhythm in this one in large part due to foul trouble. He finished with just 5 points on 1-5 shooting but dished out 4 assists making him one of just three Siena players along with Marcus Faison ’00 and Antoine Jordan ’06 to tally 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 250 assists for their career.

While the Saints had been better lately from the free throw line, the struggles returned as they shot just 11-21 (52.4%) while Iona was 11-12 (91.7%).

Ricky McGill led the way for Iona (14-8, 7-4) with a career-high 22 points on 8-14 shooting from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line. Deyshonee Much scored a season-high 20 points off the bench on 7-11 shooting including 5-8 from three-point range. E.J Crawford chipped in with 13 points and Sam Cassell Jr. added 10.

Siena returns to action on Monday as they head on the road to take on Quinnipiac. Tip off is at 7 p.m. for the game to be televised on SNY.

Box Score and Final Stats

 

Upcoming Games:

Jan 30 at Quinnipiac* 7 PM

Feb 4 CANISIUS* 7 PM

Feb 7 at Iona* 7 PM

Feb 11 at Marist* 7 PM

Feb 13 MONMOUTH* 7 PM

 

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