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Siena Advances In CBI With Hard Fought Win Over Stony Brook
- Updated: March 19, 2014
The Siena Saints proved yet again to be a team that just won’t quit Tuesday night as they persevered in a hard-fought affair and beat Stony Brook 66-55 in the First Round of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. With the win, the Saints extend their season yet again by advancing to the CBI Quarterfinals. They will host the winner of Wednesday’s Penn State vs. Hampton game at the Times Union Center on Monday night.
“Stony Brook’s good,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. ”I know they’re coming off a tough loss. We’re lucky we got that win. They probably wore out a little in the second half. It was a good win for us now we just gotta see if we can get another one on Monday and I hope everyone comes.”
Neither team could find much of a rhythm early on and both teams struggled from deep shooting a combined 4-17 from beyond the arc (Siena 2-9 SB 2-8). With 6 ties and 8 lead changes in the first 20 minutes things remained tight and Stony Brook carried a 34-31 lead into the break.
After a Carson Puriefoy 3-pointer extended the lead to 5 in the opening minutes of the second half, Brett Bisping responded with a strong lay in and was fouled with 16:59 to go. After the whistle a scuffle broke out under the Siena basket, by their bench and after a long monitor viewing by the officials, technical fouls were assessed to Siena’s Rob Poole and Marquis Wright and Stony Brook’s Ahmad Walker and Kameron Mitchell. More significantly, Siena’s Evan Hymes, Javion Ogunyemi and Maurice White were ejected for leaving the bench during the fracas.
Bisping converted the free throw after the dust settled and the tide was turned in Siena’s favor. Fueled by a 19-4 run and an energized home crowd, Siena extended the lead to 10, 53-43 with 9:13 to go. The Saints never looked back and the lead grew to 15 when Ryan Oliver, with the shot clock running down, hit a dagger 3-pointer with 2:26 to go, sealing the victory.
“Coach always comes in at halftime with a good talk and that was great for us,” said Siena’s Rob Poole. ”He got us to come out and play our game and win. He talked about not giving up and pointed to the board where it said, ‘It’s worth it!’ I think we all responded to that.”
Poole finished with a game-high 20 points along with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Bisping battled with 17 points and 6 rebounds, Wright had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Imoh Silas added 6 points, 6 boards, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
The Saints finished with 6 steals and 5 blocks as a team and forced 14 Stony Brook turnovers while committing just 6 of their own, a season low.
With the win, the Saints move to 16-17, doubling last season’s win total and they earned their 14th national postseason tournament win.
Stony Brook, who finishes the season with a record of 23-11, was led by America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Jackson scored 13 and Puriefoy added 10 for the Seawolves who were held to 16 points below their season average.
“I wanna congratulate Siena,” said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell. “He (Patsos) is a real good coach. He’s got them playing hard. They have real good energy and play tough.”
Game time for Monday night is to be announced hinging on the possibility of it being picked up by the CBS Sports Network. Ticket information for Monday’s game will be available at SienaSaints.com by the end of the day on Wednesday.
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