Siena Falls To Cornell At Home

Evan Hymes

Cornell out shot Siena in a big way in the second half allowing them to cruise to a 75-57 win over the Saints at the Times Union Center on Tuesday night. Siena had no answer for Cornell’s Shonn Miller who had a game-high 26 points including 16 in the second half on 6-8 shooting from the field. It was the Saints’ fourth straight loss.

“When you have success you have to worry about believing that it was actually you, in my opinion,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “You have to remember that it was we and us and Siena and the program. I have preached that it’s about Siena Basketball. I have preached that this program is about us and we and buying in and if someone gets hurt, someone else steps up and you play hard in the Times Union Center and all that. So, we’ll keep trying. I’m not blaming them.”

The game, although slow in pace, was evenly played in the first twenty minutes, and Cornell led going into the break, 27-26. But the Big Red shot 14-22 (63.6%) to just 7-26 (26.9%) for Siena from the field in the second half and pulled away for the easy win. For the game, Siena shot just 16-52 FG (30.8%), 5-20 from three-point range.

The Saints simply struggled to find the answers playing without three starters from a year ago, Imoh Silas, Brett Bisping and Lavon Long (due to injuries) and Patrick Cole, a key reserve this season, who has been suspended. Even a second half Patsos technical foul, which the coach said he hoped would spark the team, did little to have an effect.

“If it doesn’t change, we won’t win,” Patsos said. “We did some really good things tonight. Then all of a sudden we stopped doing them. Our shooting is really disappointing, because we were a good shooting team, and some of those shots were open.”

After winning the battle on the boards in the first half, 20-18, Siena was outrebounded 20-11 in the second twenty minutes. They were also outscored in the paint by Cornell 30-18 for the game.

“We’re missing people but we’re content to use excuses to not battle for 40 minutes and it’s been going on,” said Patsos. “3-7 is about where we are. I talked to the team about that. When you’re undermanned you have to do the little things. ”

Evan Hymes was a bright spot for Siena (3-7) scoring a season-high 18 points. Javion Ogunyemi finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks and Ryan Oliver had 10 points. Marquis Wright had just 6 points but added 9 assists (2 turnovers), 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Rob Poole continued to struggle from the field shooting just 2-12 including 1-8 from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with 6 points.

Miller added 15  rebounds to his 26 points and Robert Hatter had 21 points including 12-13 from the free-throw line for Cornell (6-5).

Siena celebrated their 2-millionith fan all-time at the Times Union Center as part of a total crowd of 5,973 on Tuesday night.

The Saints play their final non-conference game of the regular season on Sunday as they face Bucknell as the first game of a double-header with the women’s team who play Colgate. Tip off at the Times Union Center for the men’s game is at 2 pm with the women’s game to follow.

“My message to the team was have a Merry Christmas and understand how lucky you are to be here,” summed up Patsos. “But, we have another game against Bucknell and then we’ll see where we go cause after that I can’t make any excuses.”

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