Siena Rolls In Win Over Manhattan


After starting the season 7-1 at home, Siena had lost three straight games at the Times Union Center. They bounced back in a big way on Thursday night beating Manhattan in convincing fashion, 94-71. They led from start to finish with five players scoring in double figures at the site of the upcoming MAAC Tournament which tips off in less than two weeks.

The Saints opened the scoring on their first possession as Brett Bisping knocked down a foul line jumper to give Siena a lead they would never surrender. Nico Clareth entered the game five minutes in and gave his team an instant spark as they went on a 13-4 run to open up a 13-point advantage, 24-11 with 12 minutes to go in the half.

Manhattan trimmed the lead down to 6 late in the period but a quick spurt gave the Saints a 41-29 lead heading into the break.

Seniors Marquis Wright and Javion Ogunyemi combined for all of Siena’s points in a 9-1 run to kick off the second half as their lead quickly grew to twenty, 50-30 with 16:56 to go. The Saints shot a red hot 65.2% (15-23) from the field and 66.7% (4-6) from three-point range in the final twenty minutes and led by as many as 29 as they kept their foot on the gas to sweep the season series over the Jaspers.

Clareth shot 7-12 from the field including 5-8 from deep as he finished with 20 points off the bench to lead Siena (13-15, 10-7). He added 4 assists. Wright poured in 18 points with 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Brett Bisping tallied his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Javion Ogunyemi also scored 17. Lavon Long does what he does scoring 14 points with 7 boards and 3 assists.

Zavier Turner led Manhattan (9-19, 4-13) with 20 points. Zane Waterman had 17 and Thomas Capuano added 16.

With the win, Siena moves to within a half game of Iona for third place, and just one game in back of Saint Peter’s for second in the MAAC Standings with three regular season games remaining.

Siena returns to action at the Times Union Center on Saturday as they play host to Niagara. Tip off at the Times Union Center is at 8 p.m.

Box Score and Final Stats

Postgame Press Conference

For more postgame comments, Click Here: Postgame Comments Following Siena Win Over Manhattan




Remaining Regular Season Games:

Feb 18 NIAGARA* 8 PM

Feb 24 at Monmouth* 7 PM

Feb 26 MARIST* 4 PM

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