Siena men’s basketball looks to (quickly) push past Marist loss

Siena's Colby Rogers tries to get around the defense of Matthew Herasme of Marist during their game at MVP Arena on Friday.

Siena's Colby Rogers tries to get around the defense of Matthew Herasme of Marist during their game at MVP Arena on Friday.

ALBANY — The Siena men’s basketball team had positive momentum heading into their game against Marist on Friday.

Afterwards, they were looking for a different form of it, which would carry them quickly away from the game and its result, a 62-53 loss at MVP Arena, Marist’s first over Siena in Albany since March 1, 2013.

Riding a three-game winning streak and having won six of seven to move into second place in the MAAC, the Saints (9-5 MAAC, 12-10 overall) ran into a wall in the second half against the Red Foxes, after which they looked forward to a 2 p.m. game Sunday against Saint Peter’s back at MVP.

Regardless, whether we had this game on Sunday or not, there’s lessons to learn from this one,” Siena graduate guard Anthony Gaines said after the Marist loss. “We’re trying to set ourselves up to be in a great position come tournament time, so every game matters, and we have to approach the game the right way.

“We didn’t approach the game the right way over the course of the 40 minutes, and that’s why we lost. Now, the game’s over, after this interview is done, we’re done talking about it and we have to prepare for Sunday.”

The Saints headed into Friday riding a wave that included a win over Iona in front of the biggest home crowd of the season and a national TV audience two Fridays ago, and they drew over 6,000 again on Friday.

Asked if Siena had gotten complacent — or at least overconfident — heading into the Marist game, senior center Jackson Stormo said “To be honest, not much. But you guys see the stats, you see what coach is talking about, you see what Anthony’s talking about … they put together a better effort than we did.

“So, clearly, we did [get overconfident].”

Siena beat Saint Peter’s 60-58 at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, way back on Dec. 5, when Siena was up by 23 points with 7:37 left in the game and barely hung on after the Peacocks cut it to 57-54 with 1:19 left. It was the Saints’ first win at Saint Peter’s since 2010.

In over two months since Dec. 5, Siena has gotten on the winning track.

But Friday’s result was a forceful reminder not to get comfortable.

“We’ve got to learn how to handle success,” Maciariello said. “That’s a blessing and a curse, is you play in front of amazing fans, and you have a great arena to play in, but you can’t rest. You’ve got to go punch for punch and keep punching. You can’t relax.

“We’ve done a great job all year not having a hangover. So, when it’s all said and done, I know these guys will be ready. Like Anthony said, once we walk out this door, it’s on to Saint Peter’s.

“That’s it.”

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