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Siena vs. Rider: After promising loss to Iona, Siena blown out by Rider

Siena vs. Rider: After promising loss to Iona, Siena blown out by Rider

On the heels of one of its best games of the season, Siena played one of its worst on Sunday and los

On the heels of one of its best games of the season, Siena played one of its worst on Sunday and lost at Rider, 72-53.

Siena was 15-for-56 (26.8 percent) from the field, and it would have been worse had not sophomore Rob Poole scored a career-high 22 points on 6-for-11, including 4-for-6 from three-point range.

It was the 11th straight loss for Siena as the Saints fell to 2-13 overall and 0-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Rider (2-2, 7-9) was 9-for-18 from three-point range, including a 30-footer that banked in at the halftime buzzer for Tommy Pereira, his only points of the game.

That spoiled a close first half for the Saints, who were down, 32-26, and Rider took command right away to start the second half.

Jonathon Thompson (11 points) and Anthony Myles (14) hit back-to-back threes, and Nurideen Lindsey stole the ball for a layup and a 40-26 lead in the opening 1:20, before Siena had even attempted a shot.

The Broncs rattled off 10 straight points, the last coming on a dunk by Lindsey after a turnover by Rakeem Brookins for a 53-31 lead.

Siena scored eight straight points to cut it to 14, but never got closer.

Besides Poole, the other four Siena starters were a combined 6-for-28 (21.4 percent).

The Broncs held senior forward O.D. Anosike to three points on seven shots.

His only basket came on a layup during garbage time with six seconds left in the game.

Guard Evan Hymes was 1-for-10 and is a combined 2-for-18 in his last two games.

Siena showed promise in almost beating Iona, one of the best teams in the MAAC, on Friday night, but that didn’t translate to a good showing against Rider.

The Saints had a chance to go into the lockerroom with a close score, but Brookins missed at the shot-clock buzzer with four seconds left, and that left just enough time for Pereira to get off his desperation heave at the buzzer.

Rider was 13-for-20 (65 percent) in the first half and finished the game 31-for-58 (53.4).

It was the first time the Broncs have beaten Siena three straight since Rider joined the MAAC in 1996-97, and the first series sweep for Rider.

Siena’s losing streak is its longest since a 15-game slide to end the 1995-96 season, and Siena is 0-4 in the MAAC for the first time since 2003-04.

The Saints face Canisius at home Friday night. Fans can pick up a voucher for a $5 ticket at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

SIENA (53)

Anosike 1-7 1-3 3, Silas 2-2 0-0 4, Hymes 1-10 2-2 5, Brookins 2-9 2-2 6, Poole 6-11 6-8 22, Audu 1-5 2-24, Oliver 0-1 0-0 0, Martens 0-2 0-0 0, Bisping 2-9 4-4 9. Totals: 15-56 17-21 53.

RIDER (72)

Da. Stewart 3-7 0-0 6, Nd-Ezuma 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 4-6 0-0 11, Myles 5-7 0-0 14, Lindsey 6-10 0-0 12, Sadler 0-0 0-0 0, Nwaniemeka 1-3 0-0 2, Melville 0-0 0-0 0, Valentine 0-2 0-0 0, Alford 2-3 0-0 5, Bursis 1-2 0-0 2, De. Stewart 1-2 0-0 2, Fortunat 6-7 1-1 13, Pereira 1-6 0-0 3. Totals: 31-58 1-1 72.

Halftime: Rider 32, Siena 26. Three-point goals: Siena 6-24 (Hymes 1-7, Brookins 0-2, Poole 4-6, Audu 0-3, Oliver 0-1, Bisping 1-5); Rider 9-18 (Thompson 3-3, Myles 4-6, Lindsey 0-1, Valentine 0-1, Alford 1-2, Pereira 1-5). Rebounds: Siena 32 (Anosike 8); Rider 38 (Da. Stewart 6). Assists: Siena 11 (Brookins 4); Rider 18 (Myles 4). Total fouls: Siena 7; Rider 16. Attendance: 1,106.

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