Saints Surge to Comeback Victory

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On the back of Rob Poole’s career high 28 points and a ferocious 22-0 run the Saints were able to overcome a 13 point second half deficit to down Fordham 79-69.

The Saints came out flat in the first half showing noticeable rust coming off of the Christmas break. The team struggled from the field with many shots falling short en route to shooting a paltry 8-28, 28.6%, on the half. Despite their struggles the Saints entered the locker room down only 34-27.

The second half saw Fordham push their lead to a game high 13 points. Following a timeout with 11:51 to play the Saints flipped a switch and suddenly looked like a different team. The team used an offensive outburst and shut down defense to go on a 22-0 run to take a nine point lead that they would never relinquish.

“The building started getting electric,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “Then we made a few plays. It started getting noisy. Believe me I know. For 9 years I was on the other end. It starts getting loud when the crowd gets into it and you start pressing. The sidelines seem to get tight.  I thought the fans did a great job of helping our energy.”

Rob Poole scored a career high 28 points on 9-17 shooting to carry the offensive load. Poole did his damage in multiple ways, shooting 8-9 from the line and 2-3 from three.

“Poole’s a good player,” said Fordham coach Tom Pecora. “I remember watching him play in high school and now he looks like Larry Bird coming off those big screens and playing really hard.”

Poole was joined in double figures by Brett Bisping , Evan Hymes , and Marquis Wright .

Hymes came off the bench to score 12 points and was a major catalyst during Siena’s second half run. Marquis Wright scored a career high 14 points to go with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals while Brett Bisping scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

“I know Poole played well but Evan Hymes won us the game emotionally,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “He started attacking the rim. He knows how to talk on D. He’s a smart kid. I said you’ve got to stop holding back. I give Evan Hymes a lot of credit as a captain.”

Lavon Long also added a solid performance, scoring seven points and grabbing nine rebounds, including several key boards during the Saints run.

With the win the Saints move to 5-8 on the season and finish their non-conference schedule with a record of 4-7, 2-2 against A10 opponents including an incredibly close loss to LaSalle. Jimmy Patsos joins Dan Cunha Mike Deane & Fran McCaffery as only coaches to reach their 150th win as Siena coach.

The Saints next face MAAC newcomer Monmouth in Long Branch, NJ on January 2.

Postgame Comments from Jimmy Patsos, Rob Poole, Evan Hymes, Lavon Long and Fordham Head Coach Tom Pecora: Click Here

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