Siena Out Muscles Penn State In CBI Quarters

Evan Hymes Game Winner vs Penn State

Evan Hymes Game Winner vs Penn State

Jimmy Patsos prepared his team last week for what he thought would be a physical BIG10 basketball game. The preparation paid off. In an incredibly physical affair, Siena out muscled BIG10 opponent Penn State, 54-52, in front of a jubilant TU Center crowd to move onto the CBI Semi Finals.

The game got off to a sluggish start, with both teams struggling to score early. Penn State was able to push to a 17-9 lead twelve minutes into the game courtesy in large part to seven early Siena turnovers.

The Saints adjusted and stole the momentum in the half’s closing seven minutes. Siena used a 16-4 run, capped off by a deep Ryan Oliver three and a Brett Bisping dunk off an offensive rebound in the closing seconds, to push to a 25-21 half time lead.

The team’s traded baskets for the early part of the second half before Siena pushed the lead to seven following a Rob Poole steal and fast break layup. Penn State would follow with a run of their own, taking a three point lead, 41-38, with under eight minutes to play.

The closing minutes were a back and forth affair with Lavon Long putting the Saints offense on his back. Long scored eight consecutive Siena points before Rob Poole hit a huge three to give the Saints a 49-46 lead with 2:21 to play. Brett Bisping pushed the lead to five on a shot clock beating hook shot and the Saints looked to be in control of the game.

Penn State, however, managed to fight back, tying the game at 52 on a Brandon Taylor put back with under 10 seconds to play. Following a Siena timeout Evan Hymes dribbled the length of the court and hit the winning shot while drawing contact with 3.9 seconds left.

The game’s closing seconds contained a scary moment when Marquis Wright was fouled hard, though cleanly, while attempting a layup. Wright left the game and did not re-enter. The injury followed an earlier incident in the second half in which Wright went down hard on another layup attempt appearing to injure his side.

Penn State was led in scoring by D.J. Newbill. Newbill was the only Nittany Lion to reach double figures, scoring 17 while grabbing seven rebounds.

Siena had three players in double figures, led by a career high 17 by Lavon Long. Brett Bisping finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds despite second half foul trouble. Rob Poole added 11 points and 8 rebounds.

With the win the Saints move their record back to even on the season at 17-17.

Siena’s will host Illinois State Wednesday night in the CBI Semifinals at the Times Union Center at 7 pm. ISU beat Texas A&M 62-55 in other quarterfinal action. Fresno State who beat Princeton 72-56 will host Old Dominion, who beat Radford 82-59, in the other semifinal.

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