Siena Wins Exhibition Over Gannon

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The Saints returned to the Alumni Recreation Center, the site of their CBI Championship, in their last tune-up to this season and came away with the exhibition victory over Division II Gannon, 74-63. Brett Bisping hit the game’s opening shot from three and Siena never trailed against a solid Golden Knights squad.

Rob Poole led the way for Siena with 15 points. Patrick Cole showed his ability to score in spurts with 13 points and Brett Bisping also ended in double figures with 12. Marquis Wright was solid at the point once again with 8 points, 8 assists, 5 steals and just 2 turnovers. Javion Ogunyemi added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Freshman Willem Brandwijk made the play of the game scoring his first two points in front of the Saint’s faithful on a follow-up dunk which brought the ARC to life late in the first half.

Siena’s pressure defense was a key to the game as they were effective in trapping the Golden Knights and forcing 23 turnovers that lead to 40 of Siena’s 74 points.

Adam Blazek had a game-high 18 points for Gannon. Raphell Thomas-Edwards added 15 points.

The Saints kick off the season on Friday night as they head on the road to face UMass.


Postgame Comments:

Siena coach Jimmy Patsos:

“We learned that we need to get a little more physical. We’re gonna be struggling without Imoh. Imoh would have helped us. It’s supposedly two weeks.”

On Gannon “They’re a top ten Division II team. It was good for us to play them. They were tough.”

“We had too many lost possessions. It wasn’t just bad shots or turnovers. I don’t mind an illegal screen but you can’t illegal screen like three times in a row.”

“I’m totally impressed with the crowd.” (1,773)

On playing an exhibition: “Does the Oklahoma track really count. No. I wanna see what you do in the Derby when everyone’s yelling at you.”

On scoring 40 points of of 23 Gannon turnovers: “We’re always gonna do that. That’s what we do. We press. There’s some good and bad. They scored off us on the press too.”

“Evan Hymes was the key in the second half. “

“I think Ryan Oliver is playing really well for us. He just does alot if little stuff. He’s a smart kid. He has figured me out. Either do good or nothing. “

“I’m really nervous without Silas. Especially against strong teams. Imoh is actually better suited against the BCS schools cause he’s 6-9, 250 and strong. He’s like a Grade A horse.”

“They’re bringing him (Silas) on Monday. They said 2 weeks. When he walked off (after getting injured in practice) they said he’s done for the year. So when they got back and said 2 weeks I said great, that’s cool. “

“Am I happy with where we’re at? Sure. I’m happy the crowd’s here. I’m happy that people are caring about the program again.“


Marquis Wright

“I felt like we have to execute on more plays and dig down deep on the defensive end but overall I think we did well.”

On Siena scoring 40 points off of 23 Gannon Turnovers “We were energized on defense. Talking as a group.”

“We’ve gotta be ready from here on out. It feels good to play in front of our crowd. Now we have to get ready to play in front of the UMass crowd and give it our all.”

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