Shorthanded Saints Lose At Radford


With just eight scholarship players available, the shorthanded Saints went to battle with the sixth different starting lineup they have used this year on Friday night. They hung in but were unable to overcome a cold shooting performance, losing 76-66 at Radford. It was Siena’s third straight loss, their first such losing streak since the beginning of last season in the Old Spice Classic.

“It was a good test for us,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I’m proud of our guys. I thought we had some guys make positive steps today.”

The game was tight for much of the first half and the Saints led 24-23 on a made free throw by  Ryan Oliver with 4:45 to go before halftime. Radford then went on a 15-5 run resulting in a 38-29 lead heading into intermission. The Highlanders would go on to lead the rest of the way.

Siena (3-6) was without Lavon Long (sprained ankle) and Patrick Cole who was announced  to be on indefinite suspension earlier in the day (updated with Coach Patsos’ comments prior to the game). They were already without Imoh Silas and Brett Bisping who are out with serious injuries.

Rob Poole led Siena with his fourth career double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Marquis Wright added 14 points on 7-14 shooting, along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore Javion Ogunyemi stepped up with 10 points and 8 rebounds and Ryan Oliver finished with 11 points and a career-high 6 steals.

The Saints struggled from the field shooting 21-69 (30.4%) and just 5-20 from three-point range. They made just 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%). Poole hit just 4 of 14 field goals and Evan Hymes, in his first start of the season, shot just 1-9. Maurice White was also 1-9 in 20 minutes of play and Ryan Oliver shot 2-8 and 0-4 from three.

Freshman Jimmy Paige was a bright spot for Siena with an active performance grabbing five rebounds with 2 points in 12 minutes of play.

With rebounding a major concern going into the game and a shortage of post players, the Saints managed to outrebound the Highlanders 45-41. They grabbed 26 offensive rebounds leading to 30 second chance points. They tied a season-high with 12 steals.

Javonte Green had a double-double of  15 points and 15 rebounds for the Highlanders (7-4). R.J. Price added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Radford had 10 blocked shots and shot 47% from the field.

The Saints return home on Tuesday to face Cornell. Tipoff at the Times Union Center is scheduled for 7 pm.


More Postgame Comments From Siena Coach Jimmp Patsos:

“We’re playing harder but we’re missing shots. I hope that the harder we play the more shots we’ll start to make. If you play that hard, you’ll get in better shape and then you’ll start making shots.”

“Rebounding’s our albatross but Jimmy Paige  stepped up. Now I gotta get Willem to take a step cause everybody’s gotta rebound.”

“Those are juniors and seniors and Siena had beaten them two years ago. They weren’t gonna just cave in. They had motivation.”

“No quit in us. That was a good offensive rebounding performance. Now you gotta make some shots.”

“Long’s coming back. He’s putting weight on his leg. He’ll be back in about a week.”

“I thought we really played hard. Maurice struggled shooting the ball but I thought Maurice gave us some energy off the bench.”

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