Siena basketball stumbles at Manhattan

Saints 7-7 on season
Siena lost Sunday at Manhattan.
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Siena lost Sunday at Manhattan.

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The Siena men’s basketball team will head into next weekend’s road trip to western New York still looking for its first win away from Albany.

That’s after the Saints fell Sunday to Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, where a late surge for Siena brought itself within striking range in the final minutes before the Jaspers prevailed with an 81-69 MAAC victory.

The defeat dropped Siena’s road record this season to 0-7. Meanwhile, the Saints are 7-0 in Albany. Besides its 7-7 overall mark, Siena is 3-2 in MAAC play.

Well into the second half against Manhattan, Siena did little right. Down 48-31 at halftime and trailing 70-44 nearly midway through the second half, Siena appeared headed to a blowout loss before it rallied with a 16-0 run that started with five points from Jalen Pickett.

“That’s the only part of the game we played Siena basketball, in my opinion,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said in a post-game phone interview.

Those five points from Pickett, though, were the star’s first of the game. In all, he finished with eight points on 3 of 10 shooting, plus five rebounds and six assists. Pickett had a chance to push Siena’s run even further, but the sophomore guard missed a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer on back-to-back possessions that would have brought Siena within three possessions of Manhattan with several minutes to go.

Maciariello said it “just wasn’t a typical Jalen Pickett game” from the sophomore who only took three shots in the opening half.

“He’s got to be aggressive from the beginning,” Maciariello said of Siena’s leading scorer on the season.

Manhattan ended Siena’s 16-0 run with a free throw that ended a stretch of more than eight minutes in which the Jaspers didn’t score, and Manhattan held off the Saints from there. Siena got within eight points on three occasions in the final three minutes, but never could pull any closer on its way to suffering its fourth double-digit loss of the season.

Manhattan improved to 3-1 in the conference and 7-6 overall. The Jaspers made 30 of 59 shots in the win despite not scoring for a stretch of more than eight minutes in the second half after taking their 70-44 lead, and received a team-high 16 points from Tim Reynolds.

“I thought the defense was probably our worst defensive performance of the year,” Maciariello said after a game in which Siena never led.

Junior Manny Camper led Siena with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Gary Harris added 11 points and redshirt sophomore Don Carey added 10.

Fifth-year senior Elijah Burns returned to Siena’s lineup after missing its last game because of an illness. Burns scored five points in 21 minutes, but didn’t play any of the final 12:23.

Siena finished the game with 18 turnovers, while Manhattan had 11. All except one of Siena’s turnovers occurred in the game’s opening 31 minutes.

Siena next plays Friday at Canisius, which snapped a six-game losing streak Sunday with a win against Saint Peter’s.

SIENA

Carey 4-6 0-0 10, Burns 0-2 5-6 5, Pickett 3-10 0-3 8, Camper 7-15 7-9 22, Hein 1-4 0-0 3, Young 0-0 0-0 0, King 2-7 2-2 8, Harris 4-6 1-2 11, Sutherland 1-2 0-0 2, Friday 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 22-53 15-24 69.

MANHATTAN

Hinckson 4-5 4-6 14, Reynolds 6-16 0-0 16, Buchanan 5-10 0-0 10, Paulicap 3-10 0-3 6, Stewart 4-5 4-4 15, Williams 3-3 0-0 6, Mack 3-4 1-2 9, Okafor 1-2 0-0 3, Reid 0-1 0-0 0, Cisse 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 30-59 9-15 81.

Halftime score: Manhattan 48, Siena 31. Three-point shooting: Siena 10-22 (Carey 2-3, Pickett 2-6, Camper 1-4, Hein 1-1, King 2-5, Harris 2-3), Manhattan 12-25 (Hinckson 2-3, Reynolds 4-12, Buchanan 0-1, Stewart 3-4, Mack 2-3, Okafor 1-2). Rebounds: Siena 37 (Camper 10), Manhattan 31 (Paulicap 7). Assists: Siena 15 (Pickett 6), Manhattan 19 (Reynolds, Mack 4). Turnovers: Siena 18, Manhattan 11. Total fouls: Siena 18, Manhattan 18.

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