Siena Continues Winning Ways At Home

Siena furthered their mission of restoring pride to the Times Union Center crowd, winning their fifth straight game at home, as they defeated Marist 67-58 Friday night.

Throughout most of the first half, things did not come easy for the Saints as they struggled to fully get on track. But, with five and a half minutes to go before the break things started to click and they took the lead into the locker room 32-25 following a 10-2 run.

“They came in and gave us all we asked for,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I actually think they outplayed us in the first half. We just had a couple minutes there where we made some shots.”

Although Marist pulled within two, 36-34 with 16:09 to go, the Saints never gave up their lead and pulled away with a 9-0 run that secured a comfortable deficit the rest of the way.

Brett Bisping continues to emerge for the Saints, tallying a double-double of 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He has now scored in double figures in 9 of the 13 last games after doing so just once in the first 28 games of his career.

“Brett Bisping has just continued to carry us,” said Patsos. “Hardest worker I’ve said before, Brett Bisping. He’s got a work ethic. He’s a high-character kid, great grades. I think all that stuff is connected. I really do. That started day 1.”

Now in his second season, Bisping remains humble while proving to be a key contributor for the Saints.

“I just come out every day and I try to play hard,” said Bisping. “Sometimes the ball bounces my way and sometimes it doesn’t. Today I got a few more rebounds than I normally do. The ball was bouncing my way.”

After winning just four home games all of last season, Siena continues to make steps in the right direction under first year head coach, Jimmy Patsos. Junior Evan Hymes who scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second half explains the influence that Patsos brings.

“The one thing I admire about coach, no matter what we’re doing he’s gonna give 110%,” said Hymes. “We could be walking through. We could be just shooting around. He’s gonna give 110%. And that’s the passion and love that he has for the game. You can really respect him for that.”

Rob Poole scored 15 points for Siena (7-9, 3-2) and Marquis Wright was again solid as the team’s floor general with 7 assists and 4 steals. Lavon Long added 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Freshman Khallid Heart pumped in a game-high 22 points for Marist (5-10, 2-3)who breaks a five-game winning streak after losing the first 9 games of the season. The Red Foxes played without starting center Adam Kemp, who missed the game due to a knee injury. Leading scorer Chavaughn Lewis was held to just 11 points, shooting just 4-10 from the field.

Siena hopes to continue its home court winning streak on Sunday as they take on Iona  at 2 p.m.

For postgame comments from Jimmy Patsos, Evan Hymes, Marquis Wright and Brett Bisping  Click Here.

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