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Saints sink to new low in 58-43 loss

Saints sink to new low in 58-43 loss

Siena scored just three points in the final 7:47 and lost to St. Bonaventure, 58-43, at the Reilly C

Siena scored just three points in the final 7:47 and lost to St. Bonaventure, 58-43, at the Reilly Center on Tuesday night.

It was the Saints’ fifth straight loss and dropped Siena to 2-7 heading into its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener at home against Rider on Friday night.

It was also the lowest point toal in a game for Siena since a 61-40 loss to Manhattan during the 1995-96 season. Their previous low this season came in a 54-53 loss to Navy in the season opener.

The game was tight early in the second half, but the Bonnies (5-2) took control with an 11-2 run for a 50-40 lead with less than six minutes left.

After St. Bonaventure’s Demit­rius Conger made two free throws, Siena’s O.D. Anosike missed the front end of a one-and-one, and a three-point play by Marqise Simmons and a drive down the left side of the lane by Conger put the Bonnies ahead, 50-40.

Trenity Burdine made a baseline floater to give him a career-high 16 points and bring Siena within 50-43.

Siena called timeout with 3:40 left, and did not score the rest of the way, as Simmons scored six points down the stretch to put the Saints away.

Anosike finished with seven points and 14 rebounds.

Siena point guard and leading scorer Evan Hymes came into the game with the second-worst turnover-per-game average in the country, and had six more against the Bonnies, scoring just five points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field.

The Saints committed 13 turnovers in the first half and were fortunate to be down by just 33-26, as St. Bonaventure had a miserable shooting night from three-point range.

The Bonnies finished just 2-for-20 from behind the arc.

They did perform well from the free-throw line, though, making 16 of 17.

Simmons finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Conger scored 14 points and Chris Johnson had 10 points.

A drive by Hymes and a three by Rob Poole brought Siena within |29-26 in the closing moments of the first half, but a dunk by Conger at the buzzer gave the Bonnies a 33-26 lead.

Early in the second half, Anosike scored inside to bring Siena within 39-38, and a pull-up by Burdine made it 43-40.

SIENA (43)

Anosike 3-11 1-3 7, Burdine 6-13 2-2 16, Silas 2-4 1-2 5, Hymes 2-10 1-3 5, Poole 3-10 0-0 8, Audu 0-0 0-0 0, Oliver 1-3 0-0 2, Leppanen 0-0 0-0 0, Martens 0-0 0-0 0, Bisping 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-52 5-10 43.

ST. BONAVENTURE (58)

Conger 4-11 6-6 14, Johnson 4-12 2-2 10, Simmons 5-9 2-2 12, Kloof 3-6 2-2 8, M. Wright 1-6 3-3 5, Mosley 2-7 0-0 6, Gathers 1-3 0-0 2, Ndoye 0-2 1-2 1, Davenport 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 16-17 58.

Halftime: St. Bonaventure 33, Siena 26. Three-point goals: Siena 4-15 (Burdine 2-3, Poole 2-6, Oliver 0-2, Hymes 0-4), St. Bon­aventure 2-20 (Mosley 2-7, Kloof 0-2, Gathers 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Conger 0-3, M. Wright 0-4). Rebounds: Siena 40 (Anosike 14); St. Bonaventure 36 (Simmons 10). Assists: Siena 12 (Anosike 4); St. Bonaventure 8 (Conger 4). Total fouls: Siena 14; St. Bon­aventure 12. Tech­nical foul: Johnson. Attendance: 3,482.

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