Second Half Slide Sinks Siena at St. Peter’s

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After leading at half time by nine points, Siena was outscored 48-31 in the second half on their way to a 65-57 loss at St. Peter’s on Monday night in front of a crowd of 393 at the Yantelli Center. Marvin Dominique scored 18 of his game-high 26 points and Desi Washington scored all 13 of his points in the second half to pull the Peacocks into a 7th place tie with the Saints.

“St. Peter’s is good at home and I’m really proud of the way we played early but you gotta win the game and we didn’t,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos.

In the first half Siena held Washington, St. Peter’s leading scorer to zero points on 0-1 shooting and as a team the Peacocks were just 6-28 (21.4%) from the field. The Saints led 26-17 going into the break.

St. Peter’s opened the second half on an 11-3 run and by the 16:10 mark Siena’s lead was down to one, 29-28. The Saints continued to hold on, but just barely as the Peacocks began to heat up offensively. With 8:42 to go, Washington hit a pair of free throws to put the Peacocks in front for good as Siena just couldn’t get enough stops while struggling to muster enough offense of their own.

“I thought we did a really good job defensively in the first half,” said Patsos. “In the second half I just didn’t see the energy there. Fourty-nine points is too many to give up.”

Siena was led by Marquis Wright with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. He managed just 2 assists on 6 turnovers. Javion Ogunyemi tallied 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots. Rob Poole and Evan Hymes each added 9 points.

Although they were just 1-8 (12.5%) from three-point range, St. Peter’s hit 14-18 (77.8%) from inside the arc in the final 20 minutes. They also made 17 of 20 free throws while Siena shot just 9, making 8. The Peacocks scored 17 points off of Siena’s 16 turnovers (12 in 2nd half).

It was by no means a shooting clinic as the two teams shot a combined 3-25 (12%) from three-point range for the game.

Had they won the Saints would have moved into a tie for the all important 5th spot in the standing. With the loss, Siena moves to 9-14 overall, 6-8 in the MAAC, tied for 7th place with St. Peter’s.

“I think we’re doing a good job,” Patsos said. “We’re really staying together. It’s a work in progress. We have to get ready for Albany (MAAC Tournament).”

The Saints return to action on Thursday as the head to Poughkeepsie to take on Marist. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 pm.

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