A poor offensive finish to the second half carried into overtime for the Siena men’s basketball program, which dropped a 65-56 decision Sunday at Bucknell in non-conference action.
After a 3-pointer from Colby Rogers put Siena ahead 48-46 with five minutes to go in regulation, the Saints didn’t make another shot from the field until Jackson Stormo made a basket in the final seconds of overtime. In between, Siena missed 14 consecutive shots.
During that stretch of missed shots, Anthony Gaines made six free throws to finish off the graduate student’s best game so far at Siena. Gaines scored a career-high 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting and added seven rebounds.
Besides Gaines, though, Stormo was the only Siena player to make at least half of his shots; Stormo made 5 of 10 shots for 10 points and had nine rebounds. The rest of the Saints were 11 of 44 shooting.
Bucknell wasn’t great offensively, either, but did enough down the stretch to force overtime and then offered an efficient overtime on its way to improving to 2-5 on the season. Bucknell only scored seven points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but made three 3s in the next five minutes to put itself up a point before Rogers’ 3.
The teams were tied at 50 following two free throws from Gaines with 1:20 left in regulation, but neither team scored again in the second half. Siena got an open perimeter look for Rogers in the period’s final seconds, but the shot was well short.
In overtime, Siena’s only successful offense until the final seconds was Gaines getting to the foul line for four makes. Siena missed its first nine shots of the overtime before Stormo’s basket.
Meanwhile, Bucknell made 4 of 6 shots, including 1 of 2 from 3-point territory, and made all six of its free throws in the overtime.
For Bucknell, Alex Timmerman had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Xander Rice added 11 points and Andrew Funk had 10.
Andrew Platek was Siena’s third double-digit scorer with 10 points. Platek made 5 of 15 shots and had six rebounds in his third game playing for the Saints.
Jordan Kellier made his Siena debut after sitting out the team’s first five games because of injury. Kellier played six scoreless minutes.
Siena was without starting guard Aidan Carpenter for the third consecutive game. Carpenter missed Siena’s games against Georgetown and Harvard due to injury, then was dealing with an illness in recent days.
Previously, Gaines had not scored more than eight points in a game this season for Siena. Gaines’ 11 field-goal attempts represented the first time the transfer from Northwestern had taken double-digit attempts from the field.
The defeat dropped Siena to 1-5 on the season ahead of the MAAC program’s next game against a Patriot League program. The Saints next play Tuesday at Army, which is 4-2 on the season and coming off a win against Marist of the MAAC.