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FINAL: Manhattan 75, Siena 55

By Michael Mac Adam
Sunday, December 9, 2012

RIVERDALE -- The Siena Saints wanted to hit the break for semester finals on a winning note, but instead will have two weeks to consider a seven-game losing streak and 2-9 record, after suffering their worst loss of the season, 75-55, at Manhattan this afternoon.

Rakeem Brookins scored a career-high 19 points despite leaving the game briefly with a dislocated shoulder, and O.D. Anosike had 16 points and 13 rebounds, but they didn't get much help.

The Jaspers, meanwhile, were without the MAAC's leading scorer last season, George Beamon (ankle injury), but scored 18 points more than their season average.

They did it by harassing Siena with their trademark fullcourt press, forcing 16 turnovers, seven of which were committed by Brookins and three by backcourt mate Evan Hymes.

The Saints had a chance to tie it after pulling within 38-36 early in the seconds half, but booted the ball away, leading to a Michael Alvarado layup that started a 20-8 run. Manhattan never let up on its pressure the rest of the way.

"Rahk and O.D. played great, but after that, there wasn't much," Siena head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "We've got to get more contributions from more people."

Rhamel Brown scored a career-high 21 points for the Jaspers (1-1, 3-5), RaShawn Stores was 4-for-4 from three-point range and freshman Shane Richards, averaging 6.0 minutes and 0.9 points per game, burned Siena for three threes during the 20-8 run.

"I'd much rather have George than not have him, but pieces in this system, you can move them around," Jaspers head coach Steve Masiello said. "It's based on conditioning and defensive intensity. Our offense is from our defense, and when we defend well, our offensive numbers are off the charts. When we don't is when we struggle to score. It's taken us some time to get in a rhythm and realize how we can make up for not having George. We figured it out tonight."

Siena allowed at least 70 points for just the third time in 11 games. With Brown working his way inside in the halfcourt, Manhattan generated much of the rest of its offense out of its fullcourt press.

"They had tremendous pressure, but we weren't running back to the ball, and we made mistakes," Brookins said. "Give credit to their pressure, though, they're a really good press team."

SIENA (55)

Anosike 7-11 2-7 16, Bisping 0-3 0-0 0, Hymes 2-8 2-4 8, Brookins 7-17 2-4 19, Poole 2-8 3-3 8, Audu 0-1 0-0 0, Burdine 0-2 4-7 4, Oliver 0-1 0-0 0, Leppanen 0-0 0-0 0, Martens 0-0 0-0 0, Silas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-51 13-25 55.

MANHATTAN (75)

Richards 3-8 0-0 9, Andujar 5-8 0-0 11, Colonette 1-2 0-0 2, Alvarado 2-7 6-6 10, Kates 2-8 3-5 8, Jones 0-6 0-0 0, Brown 9-12 3-3 21, McCoy 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Stores 4-5 0-0 12, Lacey 0-0 0-0 0, Koita 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 27-59 12-14 75.

Halftime: Manhattan 38, Siena 31. Three-point goals: Siena 6-19 (Hymes 2-7, Brookins 3-7, Poole 1-4, Oliver 0-1); Manhattan 9-25 (Richards 3-7, Andujar 1-2, Alvarado 0-3, Kates 1-5, Jones 0-3, Jackson 0-1, Stores 4-4). Rebounds: Siena 36 (Anosike 13); Manhattan 36 (Andujar 7). Assists: Siena 9 (Hymes, Brookins 3); Manhattan 18 (Stores 6). Total fouls: Siena 15; Manhattan 23. Attendance: 1,509.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Mike MacAdam at 395-3146 or mikemac@dailygazette.com. The college basketball blog "Division I Hoops" can be found at www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/division-i-hoops/.

 
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