Siena Loses Battle To Manhattan

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Senior Rob Poole scored a game-high 21 points in the final regular-season home game of his career but Siena fell just short to Manhattan on Senior Night, 80-74 at the Times Union Center on Friday.

The Jaspers jumped out early and with 12 minutes still remaining in the first half, they led by 11 points, 16-5. They maintained what seemed like a comfortable lead for the next ten minutes and with 2:02 to go in the half they had built the lead to 12, 35-23. Siena bounced back quickly and Poole and fellow senior Evan Hymes went on their own 10-0 run to close the gap to 35-33 Manhattan, heading into the break.

Manhattan turned up the heat defensively coming out of the locker room and built the lead back up to 12 within the first few minutes. Each time the Jaspers attempted to put the game away, the Saints continued to crawl their way back to within a couple of possessions.

The game came down to the final minute, and when Ryan Oliver hit a pair of free throws with 48 seconds to go, the Saints trailed by just three, 75-72. With the game clock ticking down and a 12 second differential between the shot clock and the game clock, Siena chose not to foul looking for a defensive stop and a chance to tie it. With the shot clock winding down, Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar dished the ball to the corner and an open RaShawn Stores sank a back-breaking three-pointer with 18 seconds to go to put the game away.

“These are gonna be tough, tough games,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “It’s a hard hat tough league. We put our hard hats on the last two games. We played really hard we just came up a little short. There’s no quit in us.”

Poole’s 21 points moved him ahead of Ryan Rossiter to number 10 on the Siena all-time career scoring list. He also added 7 rebounds. Javion Ogunyemi scored a career-high 18 points on 8-9 shooting from the field along with 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Lavon Long added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 assists and Hymes finished with 9 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Andujar led Manhattan (14-12, 11-6) with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Stores scored all 15 of his points in the second half.

Poole and Evan Hymes have now combined to score 2,754 career points – the seventh most for any two teammates in program history.

Siena now heads on the road for the final two games of the regular season. Next they head to Quinnipiac on Friday night for a game to be televised on ESPNU. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. 

For more postgame comments from Jimmy Patsos, Rob Poole, Lavon Long and Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, Click Here: Postgame Comments Following Siena Loss To Manhattan

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