Siena Pushes Canisius To The Brink In Triple OT Loss

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Siena pushed Canisius all the way to the brink on Sunday in a triple overtime nail-biter at the Times Union Center in front of a crowd of 6,428. But, the Golden Griffins’ Billy Baron converted a 3-point play with 45 seconds left in the third extra session to rip the 92-88 win from the grasp of the Saints.

“That was a great basketball game and we lost,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patos. “I’ve been in two great games in 3 days, we just lost. Better to be in great games than bad games. When I took this program over I told you things would be interesting and fun. I didn’t say we’d win every game. I just said we would have fun. We would play hard and it would be an entertaining product.”

Truly the Saints had their fans on the edge of their seats. The game was indeed a back and forth affair as the score was tied 12 times and the lead changed 24 times.

Siena’s defense was challenged repeatedly as Canisius had the ball with the score tied in the closing seconds of regulation and each of the first two overtimes. All three times, the Griffs missed potential game-winning three-pointers, the first two by Baron and the third by Chris Perez. But, in the final overtime, following a 3-point play by Rob Poole that gave Siena the lead 88-87 with 56 seconds remaining, Baron answered with a 3-point play of his own 11 seconds later. Poole missed a deep three on the following possession with 12 seconds left and Baron sank two more free throws to seal the victory.

Baron finished the game with a game-high 40 points, 9 in the 3rd overtime alone. He added 10 rebounds 5 assists and 2 steals. He played all 55 minutes for Canisius (18-9, 12-4) and converted 18 of 19 free throws.

“He’s a tough player,” said Poole. “He can get to the rim or shoot it. We didn’t get any stops at the end of the game. He took the game over. That’s what good players do and that’s what he did.”

Poole finished with a career-high 33 points shooting 11 for 18 field goals and 6 of 11 from three. Brett Bisping scored 16 points with 9 rebounds, all after halftime. Marquis Wright added a double-double of 10 points and 11 assists along with 6 rebounds. Ryan Oliver scored 12 points with 3 assists and Lavon Long had 8 points, 7 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals.

It was the second tough loss of the weekend for Siena who falls to 11-16, and seventh place in the MAAC with a record of 7-9.

“I thought we played good for most of the game but we came out short at the end,” said Bisping. “Gotta make free throws. Execute some plays. A lot of people played well. Rob played well. Ryan played well. Marquis played well. We just came up short. This one hurts.”

Free throws were a factor as Canisius converted 33-41 (80.5%) for the game, and 8-10 in the overtime sessions. Siena shot just 21-31 (67.7%) and just 6-11 in overtime.

Perez added 25 points shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line for Canisius. Jordan Heath scored 11.

The Saints will try to bounce back Friday night when they host Manhattan in the annual Gold Rush game at 7 p.m.

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