Kenny Hasbrouck hasn’t been shooting a high percentage lately, but scoffs at the notion that he’s in a slump.
OK, Kenny, you win.
And so did Siena on Friday night, pulling out a 97-88 overtime victory over Marist in the raucous, claustrophobic McCann Center, as the Saints’ junior guard scored 35 points, including back-to-back three-pointers that turned the game in Siena’s favor with three minutes left.
Hasbrouck was one point off his single-game career best and made 14 of 21 shots, and five of seven threes.
“It was one of those days when I never got rattled,” Hasbrouck said. “The whole time, I was thinking they couldn’t guard me.”
“This was obviously a phenomenal game,” Siena head coach Fran McCaffery said. “Both teams played with tremendous courage. I was
really impressed with our team’s composure. Kenny had a player of the year performance.”
Siena, which improved to 10-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 15-8 overall, beat Marist (8-5, 14-10) for just the third time in 11 meetings since the Red Foxes joined the MAAC. That includes two overtime losses in the regular season last year, and Hasbrouck was ready for another noisy reception from the fans at the sold-out
“I wanted to shut them up in warmups,” Hasbrouck said. “I was focused on that, because last year they were trying to get at me, talking about some things in my personal life.”
Hasbrouck quieted the crowd when it counted the most.
His putback with 15 seconds left tied it at 79-79 and sent the game into overtime.
Alex Franklin scored easily inside to give the Saints the first points of overtime, then promptly fouled out on Marist’s ensuing possession. Power forward Josh Duell also fouled out with 2:53 left, but the Saints’ small lineup made shot after shot, and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 36.5 seconds.
Hasbrouck made a long three deep into the shot clock to give
Siena an 86-82 lead, then had a drive swatted away by Spongy Benjamin as the crowd erupted, but Hasbrouck came right back and made another three over Ben Farmer to make it 89-83.
“Down the stretch, it didn’t seem like we were going to lose,” Hasbrouck said. “I was feeling real good. They were trying to play
under me the whole time, and even when I was contested, for some reason I felt like every shot was going in no matter what. I was yelling for the ball.”
“Every shot they made was with a hand in their face, and some of those weren’t even close to the NCAA three-point line,” Marist head coach Matt Brady said.
“It was important to score first in overtime,” McCaffery said. “You’ve got to give them credit, because they made some hellacious shots in overtime. Our possessions, from an intelligence standpoint, we got great shots in overtime, we had the right people take them and we made our free throws.”
Point guard Ronald Moore found a wide lane to drive through for a layup that gave the Saints a 91-85 lead with 1:00 left.
Dejuan Goodwin missed two free throws for the Red Foxes with :42.5 left, then Tay Fosher made four free throws in a row to give the Saints a 95-85 lead with 25.4 seconds left.
“We got a lot of play from a lot of different people,” McCaffery said. “It’s not going to be one or two players.”
Edwin Ubiles, a Poughkeepsie native, scored 21 points, including a soft pullup over Benjamin to give the Saints an 83-80 lead early in overtime.
He also had a jumper and a three during a 12-2 run late in regulation that brought Siena back from a
69-62 deficit, Marist’s biggest lead of the game.
“Edwin was as consistent as he’s been all year,” McCaffery said.
Hasbrouck had two three-pointers during that run and eight point in the last six minutes of regulation.
“We were going to him,” McCaffery said. “If I didn’t come up with it on my own, [assistant coach] Mitch [Buonaguro] was screaming in my year. He [Hasbrouck] didn’t miss a shot yesterday in practice. He’s been on fire in practice, so he’s obviously the one to go to.”
“I chose not to give him the dribble-drive, and all you can do is tip your hat and say ‘See you in March,’ and hopefully, they won’t make them,” Brady said.
Hasbrouck was also the Saints’ leading rebounder, with six.
Moore scored 12 points, and Franklin had 10.
Freshman Jay Gavin scored 19 points for the Red Foxes, and Benjamin, who was saddled with foul trouble in Siena’s 76-72 win on Monday, scored 17 with eight rebounds.
Siena led by as much as 15 points in the first half, 25-10, after Hasbrouck made a three-pointer to complete a 14-2 run in which he scored 12 points.
Duell 1-5 2-4 4, Ubiles 7-14 6-8 21, Franklin 3-7 4-5 10, Moore 3-6 5-6 12, Hasbrouck 14-21 2-3 35, De La Rosa 1-3 0-0 2, Fisher 1-3 4-4 7, Jackson 3-5 0-0 6, Rossiter 0-1 0-0 0, Magee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 33-66 23-30 97.
Farmer 3-5 1-2 9, Stilphen 6-10 3-4 16, Benjamin 6-7 5-6 17, Goodwin 5-10 3-6 14, Devezin 3-5 2-2 8, Gavin 7-16 2-2 19, McNamara 0-1 2-2 2, Schneider 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 31-57 18-24 88.
Halftime: Siena 41, Marist 37. Regulation: 79-79. Three-point goals: Siena 8-16 (Duell 0-1, Ubiles 1-3, Moore 1-2, Hasbrouck 5-7, Fisher 1-2); Marist 8-16 (Farmer 2-2, Stilphen 1-2, Goodwin 1-2, Devezin 0-1, Gavin 3-8, Schneider 1-1). Rebounds: Siena 28 (Hasbrouck 6); Marist 38 (Stilphen, Benjamin 8). Assists: Siena 9 (Moore 5); Marist 12 (Devezin 8). Total fouls: Siena 21; Marist 21. Attendance: 3,200.
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