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Siena Marches Into MAAC Semifinal With Win Over Fairfield

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With the season on the line, Siena’s four seniors came up big, each scoring in double figures as the Saints outlasted Fairfield, 78-66 in the MAAC Championship quarterfinals late Saturday night. With the win, Siena moves on to face top-seeded Monmouth in the semifinals on Sunday.

Siena won the opening tip and senior Lavon Long raced to the hoop to score the game’s first basket. Fairfield promptly answered with a pair of threes but that would be all the scoring the Stags would do over the next seven and a half minutes. The Saints turned up the energy and went on a 16-0 run during that stretch and with 12:24 to go in the half, they led 18-6.

They held a somewhat comfortable lead for the remainder of the half and at the break it was 38-27, Siena.

The two teams exchanged baskets to start off the early minutes of the second half and with 16:26 to go, what seemed at the time to be a possible turning point occurred when Siena senior Marquis Wright was whistled for his third personal foul. After some discussion with an official, Wright uttered some words as he walked away to head to the bench and he was called for a technical foul which counted as his fourth personal.

At times the Saints seemed to struggle with Wright on the bench but after Fairfield pulled within five, 52-47 with nine minutes to go, senior Javion Ogunyemi came up big knocking down a three-pointer and scoring 8 total points during a 10-0 Siena run to quickly push the lead up to 15.

That would prove to be the difference as the Saints held on to beat the Stags for the seventh time in MAAC Tournament play in Albany.

The four seniors combined to score 65 on Siena’s 78 points. Ogunyemi led the way with 24 points along with 9 rebounds. Long played a solid defensive game but also poured in 17 points.

Brett Bisping registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Wright also scored 12 as he and Bisping passed Rob Poole ’15 to move into the 10th (Bisping, 1,499) and 11th (Wright, 1,497) spots on the Siena all time scoring list. Bisping also became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000 rebounds for his career.

Sophomore Nico Clareth did not play due to an ankle sprain suffered in practice earlier in the week. He is described as day-to-day and Siena coach Jimmy Patsos did not rule him out for Sunday

With the loss, Fairfield falls to 16-14. They were led by Tyler Nelson with 25 points. Matija Milin had 14 points and Amadou Sidebe added 10.

Siena evens their record at 16-16 on the season heading into their semifinal matchup with #1 Monmouth which tips off on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. #2 Saint Peter’s faces #3 Iona in the other semifinal.

Postgame Comments: Postgame Comments Following Siena Win Over Fairfield

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