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FINAL: Siena 66, Manhattan 63

By Michael Mac Adam
Friday, February 1, 2013

ALBANY — Ed Reed comes to Albany.

Well, an Ed Reed-type play came to Albany, at a big moment that helped Siena hold off Manhattan, 66-63, in front of 6,098 at the Times Union Center tonight.

Guard Rakeem Brookins stole an entry pass from Michael Alvarado and made two free throws to give the Saints a 65-61 lead with 7.1 seconds left, and senior forward O.D. Anosike clinched it by making the first of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to produce the final score.

Brookins is a Philadelphia native, but he eschewed the Brian Dawkins analogy in favor of someone more topical, the Baltimore Ravens’ sure-to-be Hall of Famer. “More like Ed Reed . . . I’ve got the Ravens winning,” Brookins said with a laugh.

Siena improved to 6-16 overall and 4-7 in the MAAC to move into a tie with Manhattan for seventh place. The Saints had an 11-game losing streak earlier in the season, but have won four of their last seven.

Siena sophomore Rob Poole had his first career double-double, with 13 points and 11 rebounds, including a huge three-point play with 1:04 left to give the Saints a 63-61 lead. Trenity Burdine had another strong game for Siena, with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Brookins finished with 18 points and three assists.

The Jaspers trailed almost the entire game and were down, 54-41, with 8:06 left, but their press began to wear down Siena, which lost starting point guard Evan Hymes to five fouls with 4:10 left. Manhattan took a 59-58 lead with 2:10 left on a tip-in by Rhamel Brown and a 61-60 lead with 1:35 left on Alvarado’s drive.

Poole tracked down an offensive rebound and cut across the lane for his runner and free throw to give the lead back to Siena.

Manhattan had the ball with 18 seconds left, but Brookins intercepted the long bounce pass by Alvarado intended for Brown inside.

“Alvarado came off the ball screen, and I did my best to hedge out and get the ball out of his hands,” Anosike said. “We don’t want him to play-make and get to the basket. I think my size might’ve bothered him a little bit. Rahk was able to kind of play free safety and anticipate it. It was a big play.”

“I figured that he was going to pass it after we dogged him,” Brookins said. “Rhamel Brown was wide open, and me not going all the way over into the corner, I tried to play it like a safety, and as soon as he passed it I was right in the gap.”

“I knew Manhattan would make a run, they press you, and when Evan went out, we got a little out of sync,” Siena head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “But we held on. It was a great win, it’s a team that’s ahead of us in the standings, and we needed it.”

MANHATTAN (63)
Brown 6-13 1-3 13, Andujar 1-4 2-4 4, Colonette 1-1 1-2 3, Jackson, Jr. 1-2 0-0 3, Alvarado 4-8 8-9 16, Richards 4-9 0-1 11, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, McCoy 0-2 0-0 0, Stores 2-5 2-4 7, Koita 1-3 0-0 3, Kates 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 21-54 14-23 63.

SIENA (66)
Anosike 2-8 1-2 5, Burdine 5-8 3-3 14, Hymes 4-9 1-2 11, Brookins 3-10 11-12 18, Poole 2-7 8-9 13, Audu 0-0 2-2 2, Martens 0-1 0-0 0, Bisping 1-1 1-1 3, Silas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-44 27-31 66.

Halftime — Siena 30-27. 3-point goals — Manhattan 7-20 (Richards 3-8, Jackson, Jr. 1-1, Koita 1-3, Kates 1-3, Stores 1-3, McCoy 0-2), Siena 5-13 (Hymes 2-4, Burdine 1-2, Brookins 1-3, Poole 1-4). Fouled Out — Hymes. Rebounds — Manhattan 33 (Richards 7), Siena 37 (Poole 11). Assists — Manhattan 14 (Alvarado 5), Siena 12 (Hymes 6). Total Fouls — Manhattan 26, Siena 21. Technicals — Kates, Burdine. A — 6,098.

Follow Mike MacAdam on Twitter at @Mike_MacAdam

 

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