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Saints wear down Stags

Saints wear down Stags

Brett Bisping and Rob Poole scored 19 points apiece as Siena used a strong second half to come back

Brett Bisping and Rob Poole scored 19 points apiece as Siena used a strong second half to come back and beat Fairfield, 64-56, on Sunday.

Bisping made seven of 11 shots and Poole connected on all 10 of his free-throw attempts for Siena (9-12, 5-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Poole also grabbed five rebounds and made four steals for the Saints.

Maurice Barrow led Fairfield (4-17, 1-9) with 15 points.

Fairfield led, 31-25, at halftime, and it could have been much worse. The Stags led by as many as 11, and dominated the Saints, 23-12, on the glass.

“I just said stay with the plan,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “At the end of the half, I thought it was really big that we held them.”

The Saints looked like a different team out of the lockerroom, especially on the defensive end. Fairfield scored just four points in the first 9 1⁄2 minutes of the second half, as Siena rallied to take a 37-35 lead on Marquis Wright’s coast-to-coast layup with 10:53 to play.

Fairfield pulled within four points three times in the final two minutes, but Siena had an answer each time. Poole made all six of his free-throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to secure the win.

The Saints won despite being outrebounded for just the second time in 17 games. Siena made just four three-pointers and turned the ball over 13 times, but found a way to do something it has struggled to for the past 3 1⁄2 seasons.

“That’s what we’re trying to build,” Patsos said. “It starts with protecting your home court, then maybe stealing a home game against a top team, and then win on the road. It’s not easy to do.”

SIENA (9-12)

Wright 3-9 0-1 6, Long 2-7 2-3 6, Bisping 7-11 5-5 19, Poole 4-8 10-10 19, Silas 0-1 0-0 0, Audu 0-0 0-0 0, Ogunyemi 0-1 0-2 0, Oliver 3-5 0-0 9, Hymes 0-1 0-0 0, White 1-2 1-2 3, Wolfe 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 20-46 20-25 64.

FAIRFIELD (4-17)

Jenkins 4-10 3-4 13, Mar. Gilbert 2-8 0-0 5, Rose 3-6 1-2 8, Sidibe 3-6 0-0 6, Johnson 2-6 5-5 9, Barrow 5-11 4-6 15, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Mal. Gilbert 0-0 0-2 0, Grennan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 13-19 56.

Halftime—Fairfield 31-25. 3-Point Goals—Siena 4-11 (Oliver 3-5, Poole 1-2, Wolfe 0-1, Wright 0-1, Bisping 0-2), Fairfield 5-18 (Jenkins 2-4, Rose 1-2, Barrow 1-4, Mar. Gilbert 1-5, Grennan 0-1, Smith 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Siena 29 (Oliver 6), Fairfield 34 (Barrow 7). Assists—Siena 6 (Long 3), Fairfield 13 (Rose 4). Total Fouls—Siena 18, Fairfield 19. A—2,051.

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