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Siena Beats Marist For Fourth Straight Road Win

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Four players scored in double figures as Siena beat rival Marist in Poughkeepsie Saturday night, 84-77. It was the Saints’ fourth straight road win and they have now gone 5-1 away from home after losing the season’s first 10 road matchups.

It was back-and-forth in the early going but after a three-point play Marist gained what would be their largest lead of the game, 20-15 with 12:14 to go in the half. The Saints responded with an 8-0 run made up of a Marquis Wright three-pointer, a Nico Clareth three-point play and a Brett Bisping jumper as they took the lead, mid-way through the half, 23-20. It would stay close from there and a Clareth bucket at the end of the stanza tied the game for the eighth time, 36-36 heading into the break.

Things remained tight for much of the second half but a late game 15-4 Siena run capped by a Javion Ogunyemi slam off a feed from Kadeem Smithen gave them their largest lead of nine points, 70-61 with 3:22 to go. Marist did not go away and was able to pull back within two on a three-pointer by Richie Mitchell with :48 to go. But Clareth and Wright came up big, combining to hit 9 of 10 free throws in the remaining time to seal the victory.

Wright led the way for Siena (12-14, 9-6) with 21 points along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals, playing all 40 minutes.

“Clearly ‘Quis wouldn’t let us lose tonight, making free throws, making buckets,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “He didn’t have any turnovers against a really tough team.”

Clareth finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in his second game back from a leave of absence.

“To see 10 rebounds next to Nico’s name is very impressive,” said Patsos. “I’ve said when he rebounds he’s one of the top players in the league.”

Lavon Long came up big scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half. He added 5 rebounds. Javion Ogunyemi had 16 and 5 also along with 3 blocked shots.

Khallid Hart led Marist (6-20, 3-12) with 24 points on 9-14 shooting including 4-7 from three-point range. Brian Parker had 16 points and Isaiah Lamb added 13.

The Saints outrebounded the Red Foxes 41-32 and scored 19 second-chance points on 15 offensive boards. They gave up just 2 second-chance points to Marist. Siena outscored their opponent 46-30 in the paint.

With the win, Siena who has won 8 of their last 11 games, moves into a tie for third place with St. Peter’s with five games remaining in the regular season. They are just a half game back from second place Iona.

Siena returns to action on Monday night as they play host to league-leading Monmouth at the Times Union Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Box Score and Final Stats

Remaining Regular Season Games:

Feb 13 MONMOUTH* 7 PM

Feb 16 MANHATTAN* 7 PM

Feb 18 NIAGARA* 8 PM

Feb 24 at Monmouth* 7 PM

Feb 26 MARIST* 4 PM

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