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UAlbany Beats Siena To Retain Albany Cup

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Siena never led and for the third straight time, lost to their crosstown rival in the annual Albany Cup Game as UAlbany won, 77-68. A crowd of 10,278 turned out at the Times Union Center for one of the area’s biggest sporting events and the Danes walked away with the Cup and the bragging rights for the fourth time in the last five years.

“The problem is we’re lost without Brett Bisping right now,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “And there’s no excuses. Siena is a great program. I love the fans. Stay with us. We’re doing all we can. We have to work some issues out.”

Hot shooting was the difference as the Danes hit 20-37 (54.1%) from the field for the game, 10-16 (62.5%) in the second half. They also hit 8-16 from three-point range and 29-32 (90.6%) from the free throw line. In contrast, Siena shot 23-57 (40.4%) from the field overall and just 7-25 (28%) from three and 15-24 (62.5%) from the FT line.

The game was preceded by a moving ceremony honoring the memories of Deanna Rivers and Chris Stewart, students who were killed in a tragic car accident leaving the Albany Cup Game two years ago.

Marquis Wright and Patrick Cole led the Saints (3-5) with 14 points each. Wright added team highs of 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Rob Poole and Evan Hymes each had 11 points.

Baltimore area native, Evan Singletary led UAlbany with a career-high 21 points. Peter Hooley added 20 points, Sam Rowley had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Dallas Ennema added 10 points.

“Of course (losing to them hurts a little bit more),” Poole said.  “It’s the Albany Cup. It’s the biggest game of the year around here.”

The Saints return to action at Radford Friday night.

Read here what the two head coaches had to say about the future of the rivalry:

Patsos and Brown Sound Off On  Continuing Albany Cup Game

 

More postgame comments from Siena coach Jimmy Patsos:

“The bottom line is we’re a little undermanned,” said Patsos. “It’s just the way it’s gonna be this year.”

“When your back’s against the wall, you have to have resolve to fight because Brett and Imoh are out. I’m not sure we have it. I wish I could sit here and tell you that we do, but I’m not sure.”

“I told my team I wanted them to go inside and not settle for threes and they were 7 for 25.”

“I was very concerned about guys not believing me when I said we have to do a little bit each. We’re all trying to hit a home run and that’s not working.”

“We have three weeks to straighten this thing out. That was a great learning lesson tonight again.”

“Vermont we needed a few key stops and we didn’t get them. At Fordham we missed a layup. Tonight we missed layups. It’s time to stop missing layups.”

“These are the kind of games we’re gonna have to win in the MAAC. These are the kind of games you have to grind out and find a way to win at the mid major level.”

“Somebody else is gonna have to dive on the floor and get all the loose balls and do all that other stuff because I can’t play anymore.”

 

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