By Bill Hamm
January 17, 2013 10:39 PM

The Saints two game winning streak came to an abrupt halt courtesy of an 87-64 loss to Niagara.

Following a respectable first half display in which the Saints entered the locker room down by a manageable margin of 40-34, Niagara used a 27-7 to begin the second half to quickly dash any hopes of a Siena comeback. The Purple Eagles couldn’t miss early, hitting 12 of their first 18 three point attempts before missing their final 6 attempts. While the Saints shot a respectable 44% from the field, and 40% from three, it wasn’t enough to match Niagara’s 54% performance from the floor.

The Saints were out rebounded on the evening 33-28, a stat hindered due to the ejection of O.D. Anosike with 7:50 left to play in the second half with back to back technical fouls. Before being run from the game, Anosike had 15 points and 10 rebounds to notch his 12th double-double of the season and pass Alex Franklin for fourth on Siena’s all time rebounding list.

Imoh Silas and Brett Bisping both scored career highs in points, with 11 a piece. Silas was 5-7 from the field, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 3 blocks. He continues to improve and look more comfortable as each game goes by. For his part, Bisping was 4-7 from the field, including 3-5 from three, while grabbing 2 boards in 27 minutes of action.

Rakeem Brookins had trouble finding his shooting stroke from the floor, shooting 2-11, 1-7 from three, finishing the night with 10 points. Fellow backcourt member Evan Hymes faired better, shooting 3-8, 3-5 from three, while contributing 8 assists to 2 turnovers.

Marcus Hopper and Steven Cruz both made their season debuts in the defeat.

With the loss the Saints drop to 4-14, 2-5 in MAAC play.

The Saints will need to shake the loss off quickly as they turn around to face Canisius Saturday at 2pm.

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