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Siena Edged Out By Iona
- Updated: February 7, 2015
It was a classic battle of the league’s top two scoring teams Friday night as Iona edged out Siena 87-83 in New Rochelle. MAAC Preseason Player of the Year David Laury scored 27 points to lead the first-place Gaels past the Saints who fought till the end.
“It was a great entertaining game, for our league to be on ESPNU,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. We battled. No quit. I’m really proud of our kids. I’m happy ’cause we made it a game. When you make it a game then you have a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.”
Iona was playing without the MAAC’s second-leading scorer, A.J. English who was announced as suspended just a few hours before the game for his role in a postgame altercation a week ago. But, Laury was a handful scoring in a variety of ways while shooting 8-16 including 3-5 from three-point range.
“Without A.J., I knew somebody was gonna step up,” said Patsos. ”I knew Laury would do it.”
The Saints jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead but the high-octane Gaels answered with a 10-2 run of their own and it was off to the races. Iona nailed 8-13 three-pointers in the first half alone but Siena hung with them, trailing by just four, 46-42 going into the break.
In the second half it appeared that the game may be slipping away as Iona extended their lead to as many as 13 points with under 11 minutes to go. The Saints never quit, narrowing it to within a couple of possessions in the game’s final two minutes. But the Gaels managed to hang on for their 17th win of the season.
Marquis Wright led Siena with 19 points, 6 assists 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Lavon Long had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Rob Poole finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and freshman Jimmy Paige continued his to impress emergence with 10 points and 9 rebounds in earning the first start of his career. Javion Ogunyemi added 9 points and 9 rebounds and Ryan Oliver also had 9 points on 3 three-pointers.
Freshman Schadrac Casmir scored 22 points and shot a perfect 12-12 from the free-throw line. Kelvin Amayo had 17 points and was 9-9 from the line after entering the game shooting 51%. Iona shot 30-35 free throws, while Siena was to 17-23.
The Saints outrebounded the Gaels 44-37 and pulled down 24 on the offensive end. Siena had 17 assists and nine turnovers and out-scored the Gaels 16-6 on fast break points. Siena also outscored the opponent 48-28 in the paint and had 19 points off 12 Iona turnovers.
Patsos and senior Evan Hymes were each assessed technical fouls during the game. Patsos’ came late in the first half after arguing.
“I just thought we got fouled down there and we didn’t get it down this end,” Patsos said. ”I didn’t curse or anything. I just said I’m gonna call it both ways. I don’t mind getting a T. The good news is I said,’ Hey I said my peace now let’s have a good game.’ And they did.”
Hymes’ came in the second half at a key point in the game when the Saints had pulled within three with just under 6 minutes to go. It appeared Hymes was questioning a no-call after falling to the floor while driving to the hoop.
“I asked,” said Patsos on the reason for the technical on Hymes at such a critical point on the game. ”He (the offcial) said, ‘He was showing me up.’ I’ll go back and review it.
With the loss Siena is currently tied for sixth place with Quinnipiac at 6-7 in the MAAC, just one game behind Canisius which lost at Manhattan Friday. The Saints face St. Peter’s on the road on Monday looking for their seventh MAAC weekend split of the season.
“I’m proud of our guys for competing,” said Patsos. I like playing Iona. We competed. We’re getting better. We got better at Manhattan in a loss. We came back and beat Rider and we got better tonight. I know everybody wants to win but we’re like playing hard and fighting and different guys are stepping up.”
For more postgame comments, click here: Postgame Comments Following Loss at Iona
Note: Before the game, Adam Zagoria of SNY reported that according to a source, Siena will announce on Monday that junior forward Brett Bisping is taking a medical redshirt for his toe injury. Although it would not come as a surprise, the report was unconfirmed by Siena.