Siena Wins Battle Over Broncs


It was a wild one at the Times Union Center Tuesday night with plenty of extracurricular activities but when the dust settled, Siena came away with an impressive 78-68 win over Rider. Lavon Long scored a career-high 29 points as the Saints won their fourth straight game.

The Saints started a bit slow in the first half, spotting the Broncs an 11-point lead as they trailed 18-7 with 14:27 to go in the first. Siena mirrored that 18-7 run with one of their own, tying the game at 25 with just under 8 minutes left before halftime.

Siena struggled a bit defensively in the opening twenty minutes allowing Rider 45 first half points. But, the Saints’ 53.6% shooting allowed them to keep it close as they trailed 45-40 at the break.

The second half was the story as Siena came storming out on a 23-4 run that gave them a 14 point lead mid-way through the second stanza. The lead would hold for a while but Rider went on a spurt that closed the deficit to 69-62 with 2:24 remaining to make things interesting in more ways than one.

On the next possession Marquis Wright threw an alley-oop pass to Javion Ogunyemi who was fouled hard. After the play a scrum ensued in front of the Siena bench and Wright appeared to shove Rider’s Stevie Jordan who fell  over  Ogunyemi’s legs to the floor. Anthony Durham of the Broncs, then landed a punch to the face of Wright and Rider head coach Kevin Baggett who had come down from the other end was seen shouting in Wright’s direction.

A bit of pushing and shoving followed and as each side tried to calm the waters, Baggett and Siena coach Jimmy Patsos had to be separated as they became involved in a heated verbal exchange. After a lengthy delay, as the officials reviewed the replay of the incident, Wright and Durham were assessed flagrant-2 fouls and were ejected. Baggett and Patsos were each assessed technical fouls as were Jordan and Siena’s Khalil Richard.

The MAAC will review he situation on Wednesday regarding any further disciplinary action.

Siena held off their opponent the rest of the way and hit all six of their free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Rider called time out with 10 seconds left, trailing by 8 and Siena going to the line to shoot two. It seemed that it may be to calm things in anticipation of the postgame handshake line. Instead as the buzzer sounded, the Broncs avoided the line and marched diagonally off the court, away from the direction of the locker room. They engaged in some shouting with some Siena fans before being redirected to their destination.

In a classic Jimmy Patsos moment, the Siena coach seemed unfazed and proceeded to walk in the direction of the vacated Rider sideline as he simulated shaking hands with the now absent Broncs. Video of the event went viral getting national attention including Sports Center and ESPN.

As far as the game itself, Long was a force adding 12 rebounds to his 29 points to complete his second double-double of the season. Wright and Ogunyemi scored 12 each and Brett Bisping added 11.

Siena shot 50% from the field overall and 10-19 (52.6%) from three-point range after shooting just 1-19 from three in a two-point loss to Rider earlier in the season.

Rider (11-8, 4-4) was led by Kahlil Thomas with 20 points. Kamila Hoskova scored 12 and Jordan and Lexi Posset each added 11 in Rider’s third straight loss.

Things are looking up for Siena (8-11) , who after having lost four straight games, have now won four in a row. They hold a record of 7-1 at home. The Saints sit at 5-3 in the MAAC, tied for third place with Canisius, behind second place St. Peter’s (4-2) who they face on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN3. Siena will be looking to win five straight games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.


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