Colleges: Siena’s Gaines earns MAAC men’s basketball player of the week

Siena’s Anthony Gaines takes a shot against Iona during the MAAC basketball game at MVP Arena in Albany on Friday, February 11, 2022.
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Siena’s Anthony Gaines takes a shot against Iona during the MAAC basketball game at MVP Arena in Albany on Friday, February 11, 2022.

After leading the Siena men’s basketball team to a win Friday against first-place Iona and helping the Saints claim a road win Sunday at Rider, Anthony Gaines was named Monday the MAAC Player of the Week.

A 6-foot-5 graduate student, Gaines averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in the two wins for Siena, which is tied for second place in the MAAC at 9-4 in league games. Gaines had 21 points and nine rebounds against Iona, then contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds against Rider. In Sunday’s win, Gaines made two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to put Siena ahead for good in its 76-75 overtime win.

UALBANY ROOKIES REWARDED

UAlbany men’s basketball player Justin Neely and UAlbany women’s basketball player Freja Werth each Monday earned America East Conference Rookie of the Week honors.

Neely scored a career-high 26 points in UAlbany’s loss Saturday to Vermont, and averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in a 0-2 week for the Great Danes. For Neely, Monday’s honor was his sixth of the season.

Werth averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 steals per game during a 1-1 week for her team. The award was Werth’s second of the season.

SAINT ROSE’S ALEXANDER RECOGNIZED

Tray Alexander was named Monday the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week. 

Alexander averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 assists and three steals per game in three games last week. 

On the season, he is No. 11 in the country and second in the Northeast-10 with 6.1 assists per outing, and he’s tied for the league lead in steals per game at 2.2.

UNION’S LEID REWARDED

Following the highest-scoring week of her college career, Union women’s basketball senior Darby Leid was recognized Monday as the Liberty League Performer of the Week.

In leading Union to a 3-0 week, Leid averaged 19 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

In a comeback win against William Smith, Leid scored a career-high 24 points.

BRANCHE NAMED RUSSELL SAGE COACH

Michael Branche, a Colonie High School graduate, was named Monday the new head women’s tennis coach for Russell Sage.

Branche also serves as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the school. He joined the women’s basketball coaching staff in the summer of 2020.

This past fall, Branche served as the assistant women’s tennis coach.

Branche was a three-year letterwinner at Alfred University on the men’s basketball team. After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2014 from Alfred, he earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2017 in professional studies in sports management.

SUNY COBLESKILL SWIMMERS QUALIFY

SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team members Zachary Walters and Daniel Mullen have qualified for the Feb. 24-27 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships to be hosted by the University of Rhode Island.

Walters and Mullen led the Fighting Tigers to a third-place finish at the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Swimming & Diving Championships over the weekend hosted by Husson University in Bangor, Maine.  

Walters earned his bid to the championships by winning the league title in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 55.88 seconds, while placing second in the 100-yard individual medley in a time of 57.63 seconds and in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 24.34 seconds.  

Mullen took the league title in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.62 seconds to garner All-NAC honors in the event while placing second overall in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.81 seconds to qualify for the event.

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