Siena Beats Concordia In Final Game Of Montreal Trip

Former Siena player and basketball analyst Dwight Walton offered his final comments on the Saints trip.

“They got better every game, especially on the defensive end. This trip will end up paying dividends for the guys because now they’ll know what to expect from Coach Pastos when October 15th comes around. Point guard (Marquis Wright) was excellent tonight. Almost had a Triple Double.”

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Game recap courtesy of Siena Athletics:

Marquis Wright finished an assist shy of a triple-double and Siena’s promising Canadian Tour ended with a convincing 80-70 triumph over Concordia College Wednesday night. The Saints complete the trip with a 4-1 record and with plenty of positives to take into the preseason.

Wright’s dazzling night featured 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He dictated tempo and controlled every aspect of the game.

Rob Poole led all players with 23 points, tallying 47 in the final two games of the trip. Poole also finally adjusted to the international 3-point line, making all four of his tries from distance in the first half to help Siena take a 41-27 lead to the lockerroom.

Brett Bisping rounded out Siena’s double figure scorers with 10 points in 18 minutes.

Lavon Long scored the first four points of the game and finished with eight in just 19 minutes making his first start of the tour. Long’s playing time was limited due to foul trouble for the second straight night.

Siena got solid contributions up and down the roster. Imoh Silas contributed six points and eight rebounds, and freshman Michael Wolfe had five points and five boards in his most active outing this week. Sophomore Rich Audu added seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Audu and classmate Ryan Oliver each had strong weeks.

The Saints had 21 assists and just 15 turnovers using FIFA rules (24 second shot clock), their most efficient effort all week.

Mukiya Post led four Concordia players in double figures with 16 points. The Stingers used a 13-0 run to trim Siena’s 21-point second half lead to eight with 1:29 to play, but Bisping and Wright scored the next two baskets to secure the outcome.

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