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Siena Men's BKB: Saints can't stop Blair, Panthers

Siena Men's BKB: Saints can't stop Blair, Panthers

Staff report

PITTSBURGH — Siena survived one run, but not the second on Wednesday night,

Staff report

PITTSBURGH — Siena survived one run, but not the second on Wednesday night, losing to

No. 3 Pittsburgh, 79-66, at the Petersen Events Center.

After the Panthers scored 13 straight points early in the game, the Saints scratched their way back to within eight at halftime, only to watch Pitt take advantage of sloppy ballhandling by Siena to score 11 straight to start the second half.

That gave Pitt (11-0) a 48-29 lead, a cushion big enough to absorb Siena’s late push to get it close. It was a 10-point game, 69-59, with 1:29 left, but Pitt made eight of nine free throws from there.

DeJuan Blair, Pitt’s 6-foot-7,

265-pound sophomore power forward, dominated the offensive glass and finished with 21 points on 10-for-14 shooting and 13 rebounds, six of which were on offense.

The Saints (5-4) got good production off the bench by soph­omore Clarence Jackson (12 points) and freshman Kyle Downey (11), but

senior co-captain Kenny Has­brouck was scoreless, going 0-6 from the field in 25 minutes.

Pitt started the second half with back-to-back baskets by point guard Levance Fields, and Tyrell Biggs picked up a loose ball and put it in after Blair kept it alive on the offensive glass. Biggs’ three-pointer made it 48-29.

In the first half, Siena missed its first eight three-pointers, and played without Alex Franklin for the last 13 minutes and Ryan Ros­siter for the last six minutes because of foul trouble.

Still, the Saints trailed by only 37-29.

Blair scored 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting and had six rebounds.

Siena weathered a 13-0 run early in the first half that gave the Panthers a 15-4 lead.

Jackson made two spectacular plays in the half, a baseline drive for a slam to bring Siena within 19-14, and a difficult double-pump baseline reverse on a pass from Ubiles to cut it to 26-16.

Downey scored eight points in the final 5:22 to keep the Saints close.

He finished a three-point play after Jackson’s reverse and made a jumper in transition to bring the Saints within 32-23.

Blair answered with a putback, and Sam Young scored on a spin move and free throw to give Pitt its biggest lead of the first half, 37-23.

Then the Saints finally made a three-pointer, and another, in the final minute.

Josh Duell hit one, and after a defensive rebound, the Saints ran Hasbrouck off a Duell pick, and he found Downey wide open in the left corner, where he nailed a three with one second left to make it 37-29.

SIENA (66)

Franklin 4-9 1-2 9, Hasbrouck 0-6 0-0 0, Moore 3-8 0-0 8, Rossiter 2-3 3-3 7, Ubiles

5-14 0-2 10, Downey 3-5 4-5 11, Duell 2-3 0-0

6, Jackson 6-15 0-0 12, Wignot 1-1 0-0 3.

Totals: 26-64 8-12 66.


Fields 3-8 5-6 11, Young 6-15 2-2 14, Blair 10-14 1-3 21, Biggs 4-8 4-6 14, Dixon 2-6 2-2 6, G. Brown 3-7 0-1 7, S. Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Gibbs 1-3 0-0 2, McGhee 0-2 0-0 0, Wanamaker 1-3 2-3 4. Totals: 30-67 16-23 79.

Halftime: Pittsburgh 37, Siena 29. Three-point goals: Siena 6-23 (Downey 1-3, Duell 2-3, Hasbrouck 0-1, Jackson 0-7, Moore 2-3, Rossiter 0-1, Ubiles 0-4, Wignot 1-1); Pittsburgh 3-15 (Biggs 2-2, G. Brown 1-2, Dixon 0-2, Fields 0-3, Gibbs 0-1, Wanamaker 0-1, Young 0-4). Rebounds: Siena 26 (Franklin 6); Pittsburgh 41 (Blair 13). Assists: Siena 13 (Moore, Ubiles 4); Pittsburgh 16 (Fields 5). Total fouls: Siena 20; Pittsburgh 14. Technical fouls: Siena coach McCaffery, Pittsburgh coach Dixon.

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