Saints Struggle In Loss To St. Peter’s


St. Peter’s controlled tempo for most of the game and pulled out an ugly win, beating Siena 66-53 in front of a crowd of 353 Friday night at the Yantelli Center. With the loss, the Saints fall to 10-14, 6-7 in the MAAC and are tied for 6th place with Marist.

The game got off to a sluggish start with the pace favoring the Peacocks for most of the first half. Neither team found much of a rhythm and with frustration setting in, Siena coach Jimmy Patsos was called for a technical foul following a foul call on Rob Poole away from the ball. St Peter’s hit two free throws giving them a 21-14 lead (5:54).

From the field, Siena shot 8-22 (36%) missing 10 of their last 14 field goals in the half, while St. Peter’s shot only slightly better, 9-23 (39%). The two teams were a combined 0-9 from three point range before the break. The Peacocks led 26-22 going into the locker room.

It appeared Siena may have finally found a spark when Ryan Oliver entered the game three and a half minutes into the second half and hit back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a two-pointer to give the Saints a 33-31 lead with 14:47 to go.

The score remained close and with the Saints trailing 50-46, Patsos picked up a 2nd technical foul and was ejected from the game. St. Peter’s outscored Siena 16-7 the rest of the way to pull off the victory, ending a 5-game losing streak.

“I’ll take the blame as far as getting ejected,” Patsos said after the game. “I just wanted to cover that, because I’m not afraid to stick up for my players. It’s my job to stick up for the players when I think there’s an injustice being done.

“I don’t comment on the officiating but I know the official that threw me out, got here at 6:51 for a 7 p.m. game. 6:51 arrival for a 7 p.m. game doesn’t sound like very professional to me. I don’t know if that led to him being in a bad mood or whatever but I’ll take the hit. I didn’t fight him. There was no problem. I didn’t say anything personal to him.”

Oliver finished with a career-high 15 points. Brett Bisping tallied 11 points and 8 rebounds and Lavon Long added 10 points. Marquis Wright ended the night with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and an uncharacteristic 5 turnovers. Imoh Silas had 6 points with 8 boards.

Siena’s two leading scorers Rob Poole (0-2) and Evan Hymes (0-5) were held scoreless in the loss.

Desi Washington led St. Peter’s (8-14, 4-9) with 18 points. Marvin Dominique finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Trevis Wyche added 13 points.

The Saints will look to rebound on Monday when they return home to face Fairfield. Tipoff at the Times Union Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Comments from Siena assistant coach Greg Manning following the game:

“Ryan’s a good shooter so anytime he gets open shots he’s gonna make them. He did that tonight but it’s too little too late.”

“We just didn’t compete tonight at all and it showed on the court. To only score 53 points that’s not like us. It’s on us. We didn’t play hard tonight and that’s the reason we lost.”

“We were flat the first half and it carried over to the second half. We made a little run but we didn’t have enough tonight.”

On Poole and Hymes being held scoreless:

“You’re not gonna win if they don’t score. That’s on them. They gotta make plays. I didn’t think Rob was too assertive and Evan wasn’t either. Without those guys we’re not gonna win.”


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