Siena Hangs Tough In Loss At Monmouth


Siena went down to the wire on the road with the regular season champs but came up just short, losing to Monmouth 77-73 on Friday night.

After losing to the Hawks at home, 102-82 just 11 days ago, the Saints stayed right with the league’s top team in a game that consisted of 8 ties and 15 lead changes.

Monmouth closed out the first half on a 13-3 run to take a 42-35 lead into the break. After hitting a three to start off the second half, the Hawks had their largest lead of the game of ten points, 45-35 with 19:49 to go.

Siena chipped away and retook the lead on a Lavon Long three-pointer to make it 55-54 at the 13:07 mark. It went back and forth from there and with the score tied at 60, Nico Clareth knocked down a three to give the Saints a three-point lead with 6:42 to go. Monmouth went back ahead and lead by 6 with just under two minutes remaining but a pair of Brett Bisping free throws and a jumper by Long pulled Siena within two, 73-71 with just :41 left.

The Saints needed a big stop but Monmouth’s Justin Robinson hit a difficult step-back 10 footer with  12 seconds to go making it a 4 point lead. Clareth layed it in with 4 seconds left to pull back within two and Siena fouled Robinson who sank both free throws to seal Monmouth’s 15th straight win.

With the loss and Iona’s win over Manhattan Friday night, Siena is assured of being either the 4 or 5 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament. That places them in the #4/#5 game on Saturday, March 4 at 9:30 p.m. at the Times Union Center against either Canisius or Fairfield.

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Long led Siena (14-16, 11-8) with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Marquis Wright had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Clareth had 16 points and 6 boards off the bench and Bisping finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds along with 3 assists and 2 steals.

Siena outrebounded Monmouth 43-30 and scored 18 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds,

The Hawks took advantage of the Saints’ miscues scoring 16 points on Siena’s 19 turnovers.

Robinson led Monmouth (25-5, 17-2) with 20 points. Je-lon Hornbeak and Colin Stewart each had 13 points for the Hawks who have locked up the regular season MAAC Championship.

Robinson, who lit up Siena for 40 points in the earlier matchup, had to work for his points with Lavon Long covering him for extended minutes. Robinson shot 6-18 from the field overall and was 0-5 from three-point range. He was a perfect 8-8 however from the free throw line.

Siena will close out the regular season on Sunday as they play host to Marist on Senior Day at the Times Union Center. Tip off is planned for 4 p.m. for the game which is the second game of a double-header with the women’s team who takes on Iona at 1 p.m.

Box Score and Final Stats

Postgame Press Conference



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