Siena Beats Monmouth: What Happened At Half Time?


When Siena went in to the locker room trailing Monmouth 39-25, sophomore Nico Clareth had played just 3 minutes and appeared to be done for the night if not the season as things were looking bleak for the Saints.

He was clearly hobbled with an injured ankle and a return seemed out of the question.

In the second half Clareth not only played, he put on an amazing performance, scoring 27 points and the Saints came back from a 17 point deficit to pull off the unlikely 89-85 win.

After the game the Saints discussed what took place during the break to motivate them to score 64 second half points against the league’s top team.

“At halftime Nico Clareth said we’re not losing. I’m playing. Let’s go. End of story,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “He (Clareth) said ‘We’re not going out like this and a few other things and I agreed with him.”

But there was more than that to spark Clareth, who could barely walk, and his teammates to go on to win.

“He came into halftime with this drive,” described senior Lavon Long.  “They (Monmouth) were playing music (in their locker room) and it sounded like the game was over. He (Clareth) came in and he wasn’t having it. He said they were too happy and it made him mad.”

Clareth found motivation that he quickly passed on to his team mates.

“It just kind of spread,” Long said. “We heard the music through the walls and it was like wow, they really are turning up. They were really getting happy that we were down. It was so disrespectful. Not only did he pump himself up, he pumped up each and every senior, every player…. it was unbelievable.”

“To have a guy who didn’t play and then take over the locker room emotionally and then back it up on the court was pretty impressive,” said Patsos.

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