Siena Beats Quinnipiac For Second Straight Win



Siena’s seniors came up big and led the way as the Saints held off Quinnipiac, 81-74 Thursday night at the Times Union Center. Combining for 67 points, the veterans earned consecutive wins for their team for the first time this season.

The Saints got on a roll early with spirited play that allowed them to establish a 20-point lead with 5:41 to go in the first half. The Bobcats would chip away a bit at the deficit but Siena managed to carry a 44-30 lead into the break.

Siena built the lead back up to twenty after a three-pointer by freshman Ahsante Shivers with just under nine minutes to go in the game. But, Quinnipiac surged right after with a 14-0 run capped by a Peter Kiss dunk to make it 67-61 with 3:33 remaining.

The Bobcats got within 5 points, three times down the stretch but clutch free throw shooting by the Saints, hitting 9 of their last 10, sealed the win.

Brett Bisping tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 19 points (17 in the first half) and 15 rebounds. Javion Ogunyemi also scored 19 points and added 6 rebounds. Marquis Wright had 18 points with 7 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals and Lavon Long had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds along with 4 assists.

Sophomore Nico Clareth was limited to just 3 minutes of play and was scoreless for the first time in his career. When sent to check in at the scorer’s table in the first half, he was called back after Siena coach Jimmy Patsos observed Clareth taking off jewelry he had not removed prior to the game. Patsos said after the game he felt Clareth was just not ready to play. (see Postgame Comments)

Four players finished in double figures for Quinnipiac (6-11, 3-4). Kiss led them with 17 points. Mikey Dixon scored 14, Chaise Daniels had 12 and Abdulai Bundu added 10.

The Saints outrebounded the Bobcats 48-37 and outscored them 42-34 in the paint. Siena scored 18 second chance points on 18 offensive rebounds.

Siena moves to 6-11 overall and evens their record at 3-3 in the MAAC, tied for 6th place with Iona.

The Saints will look to use the momentum of back-to-back wins to propel them to their first road win of the season as they head to Fairfield on Sunday. Tip off is at 2 p.m.

Postgame Comments Following Siena Win Over Quinnipiac

Final Stats and Box Score

Upcoming Games:

Jan 15 at Fairfield* 2 PM

Jan 17 RIDER* 7 PM

Jan 19 at Saint Peter’s* 8 PM

Jan 22 at Manhattan* 2 PM

Jan 27 IONA* 7 PM

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