Siena stomps MAAC champ Manhattan

Siena was in a sharing mood Friday night.
Brett Bisping of Siena tries to get past Rich Williams of Manhattan at the Times Union Center in Albany Friday, December 4, 2015.
Brett Bisping of Siena tries to get past Rich Williams of Manhattan at the Times Union Center in Albany Friday, December 4, 2015.

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Siena was in a sharing mood Friday night.

The Saints placed five players in double-figure scoring and also spread the wealth around in many other ways — good and bad — en route to a surprisingly easy 89-54 rout of two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Manhattan in the conference opener for both teams at Times Union Center.

“We are spreading out all our stats across the board,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said after the Saints dominated on the boards (43-24) and at the line (31-for-44, compared to just 9-for-13 for the Jaspers). The short-handed Jaspers (1-4), who have been struggling with various injuries all season, committed 34 fouls, and four Jaspers fouled out. The teams combined for 44 turnovers.

“We are a balanced team. We’re spreading out all the turnovers,” Patsos chuckled. “We’re playing faster, and we’re scoring in bunches. You are going to score points, but you will turn the ball [over] when you play that fast. But we will keep scoring and running.”

Lavon Long led Siena with 19 points. Marquis Wright and freshman Kenny Wormley added 14 points apiece, Javion Ogunyemi contributed 13 points, and Brett Bisping scored 10 to go along with seven rebounds.

“Lavon got us easy baskets,” Patsos said. “Our freshmen also played well tonight. Our players knew the game was on TV tonight, and we definitely played with intensity. We shared the ball. Our kids really showed a lot of heart.”

Patsos said he was fortunate that the Jaspers were not at full strength.

“That team will be back,” he said. “Steve [coach Steve Masiello] will get that team ready. Our kids were fired up to play Manhattan. We were lucky that we played them tonight. I’m not looking forward to when we play them again.”

Although the Jaspers ended up shooting 42 percent for the game, they shot only 28 percent in the first half, when they committed 18 fouls.

“This was an embarrassing performance for everyone involved,” Masiello said. “In my five years here, we’ve put a certain product out that involves passion and involves character. It is bigger than basketball. We were undermanned, but that is not an excuse. This could be a tremendous lesson for us. It exposes you or it changes your life.”

All the Saints said they were excited to play the Jaspers. “We definitely were ready for them,” said Long. “They made a little run at us, but we weren’t going to let them back in the game.”

“They’re a good team,” added Ogunyemi. “But we were mad about losing our last game against Cornell, and we were ready to play tonight.”

The Jaspers, led by Shane Richards’ 26 points, were down by 17 at the half (37-20) and climbed to within 13 (43-30) early in the second half before the Saints pulled away again.

Siena travels to Saint Peter’s Sunday and then hosts Hofstra Wednesday night.


Richards 8-17 8-9 26, Waterman 4-4 0-0 8, Wilson 2-6 1-4 5, Stores 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 3-10 0-0 7, Ojo 0-0 0-0 0, Akilo 1-1 0-0 2, Capuano 2-8 0-0 4, Allen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 21-50 9-13 54.

SIENA (89)

Long 5-9 9-11 19, Bisping 3-9 3-5 10, Ogunyemi 2-5 9-10 13, Wright 6-13 1-2 14, Wormley 4-4 4-5 14, Oliver 0-2 0-2 0, Gottfried 1-1 1-2 3, Clareth 4-7 1-3 9, Merrill 0-0 0-0 0, Paige 0-1 0-0 0, LaRose 1-2 0-0 2, Fisher 1-1 1-3 3, Cunningham 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 27-55 31-44 89.

Halftime: Siena 37-20. 3-point goals: Manhattan 3-14 (Richards 2-7, Wilson 0-1, Stores 0-2, Williams 1-3, Capuano 0-1); Siena 4-12 (Long 0-1, Bisping 1-2, Wright 1-3, Wormley 2-2, Oliver 0-1, Clareth 0-2, LaRose 0-1). Rebounds: Manhattan 24 (Waterman 7), Siena 43 (Bisping 7). Assists: Manhattan 6 (Wilson 2, Stores 2, Capuano 2); Siena 13 (Long 3, Wright 3). Personal fouls: Manhattan 34, Siena 19. Fouled out: Waterman, Wilson, Williams, Capuano. Technical fouls: Williams. Officials: Brandon Cruz, Marek Drabinski, Andrew Maira. Attendance: 5,727.

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