Siena Falls To First Place Manhattan

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Playing without their leading scorer, George Beamon, Manhattan didn’t miss a beat as they cruised past Siena 90-68 Thursday night at Draddy Gymnasium. Fouls (30) and turnovers (23) were the Saints’ downfall as the Jaspers outscored them 32-18 from the free throw line and scored 39 points off of Siena turnovers.

“We’ll work on some things,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I saw some good. Poole continues to just battle. A little bit was wanting to play that game. I saw a couple guys I really thought wanted it and I saw some guys I’m not sure they really wanted to compete at that level for 40 minutes against the best team in the league.”

Manhattan led by just 9 at the half, but extended the deficit to 18 with 7:47 to go. An 8-0 run pulled the Saints within 10, 70-60 with 6:17 remaining but the Jaspers closed out the game from there cruising to victory.

“I don’t think we have the emotional intensity right now to match the top-five teams in the conference,” Patsos said.

Rob Poole had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his third career double-double. Ryan Oliver scored a career-high 11 points along with 5 rebounds as a starter. Marquis Wright finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and Brett Bisping added 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

“I think Marquis Wright is really stepping up and Rob Poole is showing up. We may go small with Poole at some 4.”

Senior Michael Alvarado led Manhattan (13-3, 6-1) with 21 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Shane Richards added 15 points with four three-pointers, Rhamel Brown had 13 and Donovan Kates came off the bench to score 10.

“We did some good things so far this year,” said Patsos. “I’ve gotta find out if some guys wanna keep going. We’ve expended a lot of energy emotionally trying to get really good and I maybe tonight just wasn’t our night.”

The Saints head to New Rochelle to face Iona on Sunday in a rematch of last Sunday’s game at the TUC. The Gaels defeated Siena 87-78 in Albany.



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