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Saints Tough In Win Over St. Peter’s

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Siena dominated the boards and turned in a solid defensive effort as they rolled over St. Peter’s, 64-47 in front of a crows of 5,205 at the Times Union Center. It was their fourth conference win of the season and eighth overall, equaling those win totals from 2012-13. The Saints are now 6-2 at home this season.

Although neither team was able to find a sustained rhythm for much of the early going,  the Saints were the tougher team and outworked St. Peter’s for most of the game.

“We didn’t fight hard enough,” said Saint Peter’s coach John Dunne.” They just out-toughed us.”

After leading at the half 32-26, the Saints came out with a 12-2 run to open the second period establishing a more comfortable lead, which grew to as many as 19 points. Rob Poole scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half.

“Rob Poole wasn’t gonna let us lose that game in the second half,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “Poole gets the credit as a player for the win.”

“Coach is a good dude,” said Poole. “He got into me at halftime which was nice. So, I just wanted to come out and play hard and win.”

The Saints dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Peacocks, who are normally a sound rebounding team, 48-29. Siena converted 17 offensive rebounds into 13 second chance points. Freshman point guard Marquis Wright led the Saints with 9 rebounds.

“Rebounding was impressive,” said Patsos. “To get that many rebounds, including Marquis, that one I’ve got to give to the players. That’s on them. They did a great job.”

“We played tough, crashing the boards. Offensively and defensively,” said Wright. “Coach Patsos tells me everyday, ‘get in there and rebound, help Brett and Imoh’, so that’s what I do.”

Defensively Siena held St. Peter’s two leading scorers, Marvin Dominique (18.1 ppg) and Dezi Washington (13.4) to just 7 points and 5 points respectively. No St. Peter’s player scored in double figures as the Peacocks shot just 20-54 (37%) from the field, 2-12 (16.7%) from beyond the arc and 5-for-15 (33.3%) from the free throw line.

“Marvin Dominique is a great newcomer to our league, said Patsos. “I’ve seen him. He missed some shots, lucky for us and Dezi Washington’s a good player. They’re good players. They weren’t as good tonight.”

While the Saints did not shoot the ball particularly well themselves, 24-61 (39.3%) overall and 3-16 (18.8%) from three, they distributed the ball effectively and were able to get to the rim often, scoring 38 points in the paint.

“If we’re not hitting outside shots we definitely try to get to the basket,” said Lavon Long. “That’s exactly what our guards did and our bigs.”

“I know from the three, John and I will have a laugh this summer and maybe say next time we play with no three-point line. 2 for 12 and 3 for 16, I don’t think him and I are gonna be doing the shooting clinic at the NCAA convention this year,” joked Patsos.

Four players scored in double figures for Siena (8-12, 4-5). Poole and Brett Bisping led all scorers with 14 points each. Wright finished with 13 points, to go along with his nine rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers. Lavon Long played well on both ends of the floor adding 10 points and a game-high 7 rebounds.

St. Peter’s, who falls to 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the MAAC, was led by Jamel Fields (Albany Academy) and Kris Rolle with 9 points apiece.

Siena heads to Fairfield on Sunday. Tipoff is at noon.

For more postgame comments from Patsos, Long, Poole and Wright: Click Here.

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