Siena Remains Winless On The Road

Recap from Siena Athletics

Hofstra outscored Siena Basketball 33-6 from the three-point line as the defending Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Champions and 2016 NIT Participant Pride defeated the Saints 84-64 at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Sophomore guard Nico Clareth led Siena with his second straight 16-point effort off the bench.


The CAA’s top three-point shooting team entering the evening at 38.9%, Hofstra (8-5) connected on 11-21 from distance. Meanwhile Siena (4-8, 1-1) shot just 2-14 in continuing to struggle from beyond the arc. The Saints are shooting just 23.8% (29-122) from three-point range over their past eight games.


Hampton transfer Deron Powers scored a season-high 21 points to lead five in double figures for the Pride. He shot 4-5 from three-point range, and added a season-high tying eight assists. Rokas Gustys, the nation’s leading rebounder at 13.4 per contest, added 15 more in just 28 minutes to go along with 10 points in recording a double-double.


Seniors Lavon Long and Javion Ogunyemi contributed 12 points apiece for Siena which shot just 34.3% (24-70) overall from the field in being held to a season-low in scoring. Long added four steals, and Ogunyemi grabbed eight rebounds for the Saints which held a 42-40 edge on the glass against the CAA’s top rebounding team.


Hofstra went on a 13-2 run spanning 3:26midway through the first half in opening as much as a 16-point lead in the opening stanza. The Saints would battle back down the stretch though, holding the potent Pride offense scoreless for the final 3:04 while scoring the final five points of the half to rally back within single digits at 38-29 at the break.


Siena got as close as seven points in the opening minute of the second half, but Hofstra answered with a 15-4 run to pull away and hand the Saints their ninth straight road defeat dating back to last season. However, all eight of Siena’s losses this season – all of which have come on the road – have been against teams which all currently hold winning records and were a combined 63-31 this season entering play today.


Justin Wright-Foreman scored 16 points off the bench, Eli Pemberton added 13, and Brian Bernardi scored 11 to round out the double figure scorers for the Pride which were playing for the first time in nine days following final exams.


Following a seven-day holiday break, the Saints will return to action when they conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule and also close out 2016 when they host Vermont next Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Times Union Center at 7 p.m.

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