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Second Half Woes Cost Siena Again vs. Monmouth

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The Saints trend of second half slumps continued on Saturday night as they allowed 49 second half points to Monmouth on the way to their 83-64 win over Siena at the Times Union Center. With the loss Siena falls to 10-15 overall and 7-9 in the MAAC, moving the into 8th place.

The Saints again came out strong, making 8 of their first 15 shots and built up a ten point lead with 12:15 to go in the first half. They cooled of considerably from there making just 3 of their next 16 field goals and Monmouth pulled ahead to take a 34-31 lead into the break. Siena ended the half shooting 11-31 (35.5%) from the field while the Hawks were 11-23 (47.8%).

In the last 5 games prior to tonight’s contest, Siena  held opponents to just 33 points and 40% shooting in the first half only to allow 42 points on average on 52% shooting in the second half. On Saturday the trend continued.

In the second half, the Saints simply could not get stops. Monmouth shot a hot 16-28 (57.1%) earning too many easy baskets as they led by double digits for the final ten minutes of the game. Monmouth, who scored just 44 points for the entire game in their win over Canisius on Sunday, surpassed that in the second half (49 points) alone versus Siena’s struggling defense.

Evan Hymes led the Saints with 13 points moving him into 23rd place (1276) all-time in scoring at Siena behind Corey Osinski (1,288). Marquis Wright had 12 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Javion Ogyunyemi scored 11 points with 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rob Poole added 10 points moving him into 11th place at Siena all-time (1,440) behind Ryan Rossiter (1,457).

Local product, Collin Stewart of Glenville led Monmouth with a career-high 21 points on 8-9 shooting from the field. Deon Jones had 17 points and Justin Robinson added 14.

The Hawks shot 53% from the field for the game and hit 6 of 12 three pointers. Siena was just 21-53 (39.6%) from the field and a dismal 3-17 ( 17.6%) from three. Monmouth made 23-26 (88.5%) free throws while the Saints were 19-28 (67.9%).

Having lost 5 of their last 7 games, Siena will look to bounce back on Thursday when they host Canisius. Tip off at the Times Union Center is 7 p.m. Despite falling to 8th place with just 4 regular season games remaining, Siena is just 1 game out of 5th place.

For postgame remarks from Siena coach Jimmy Patsos, Click here: Postgame Remarks Following Siena vs. Monmouth

 

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