Siena played Quinnipiac in basketball on Saturday night, and a hockey game broke out.
The Saints actually fouled out enough players — six — to field a hockey team.
The Bobcats, trailing for most of the game, pulled out a 103-95 overtime win before 6,415 at the Times Union Center.
Siena was whistled for a program-record 40 fouls and had four starters foul out: Lavon Long, Rob Poole, Imoh Silas and Brett Bisping.
Quinnipiac outscored Siena, 11-2, in the final 3:04 of regulation and 18-10 in overtime. Of those 18 points, 16 came at the free-throw line, where the Bobcats were 47-for-65, attempting 10 more from there than they did from the field and tying for most in a game in the nation this year.
Saints head coach Jimmy Patsos, who grew up in Scituate, Mass., and Boston, even brought a puck that he found in the locker room as a visual aid for the postgame press conference.
“I’ll never forget meeting Derek Sanderson and Wayne Cashman and those guys, and I say those names because tonight was like a tough hockey game, and they won,” Patsos said. “They out-toughed us.”
The Saints fell to 10-13 overall and 6-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Siena is 0-5 against the top four teams in the MAAC: Canisius, Iona, Manhattan and Quinnipiac (13-8, 8-4).
The Saints led for most of the game, but faltered late and were never in it in overtime, especially after losing so many key players.
“I’ll spin it like everybody else in America … ‘You know, we really tried hard, and …’ ” Patsos said. “No. Like my friend Bill Parcells told me, ‘Your record is what it is.’ They’re a better team than us. We’re not as good as them.”
Freshman point guard Marquis Wright had a career-high 18 points and 10 assists, but he fumbled away the ball at the end of regulation, and that cost Siena a chance to win it.
With 20 seconds left, he held the ball until the final seconds, made a move, but lost the handle.
Poole was able to sprint to center court to recover it, but he had to turn and heave a wild attempt with less than two seconds left, and his shot barely made contact with the left side of the rim to leave the score tied at 85-85.
“I just lost it,” Wright said.
“I probably should’ve called time out with 10 seconds to go, but I heard them say ‘Switch’, and they had a big guy and we had a guard, and I thought we would either get a foul call or kick it to Rob Poole,” Patsos said.
Ike Azotam, who scored 19 points for the Bobcats, started overtime with a hook shot, and the score was 91-85 before
Siena got on the scoreboard with two free throws by Poole with 3:04 left.
The Saints had a chance to tie it, but Ryan Oliver missed a three with two minutes left and Quinnipiac leading, 92-89.
Trailing, 96-93, Siena had another crack at it, but Hymes shot an air ball from three with less than a minute left.
Quinnipiac made seven of eight free throws the rest of the way.
“We’ve got to stop fouling; that’s all I can say,” Patsos said.
Umar Shannon sent the game into overtime when he scored on a putback of his own miss and was fouled by Poole.
The free throw with 27.3 seconds left made it 85-85.
“That’s my fault,” Poole said. “Coach told me not to foul, and I fouled him. I take responsibility for that.”
The Bobcats scored the second-most points ever by a Siena opponent at the TU Center.
LaSalle scored 106 in 1990 in the MAAC Tournament.
Azotam 5-10 9-13 19, Sumbry 1-4 0-0 3, U. Shannon 4-9 12-15 21, Hearst 6-12 13-15 25, S. Shannon 3-5 6-9 13, Barnett 0-1 0-0 0, Conti 0-3 0-0 0, Drame 5-8 7-13 17, Ford 2-3 0-0 6. Totals: 26-55 47-65 103.
Long 6-11 4-6 16, Bisping 9-13 2-4 20, Silas 4-4 0-0 8, Wright 6-11 6-6 18, Poole 6-14 10-13 26, Audu 0-0 0-0 0, Ogunyemi 0-1 0-0 0, Oliver 0-2 1-2 1, Hymes 1-10 2-4 4, White 1-6 0-0 2, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 33-72 25-35 95.
Halftime: Quinnipiac 41, Siena 37. Regulation: 85-85. Three-point goals: Quinnipiac 4-8 (U. Shannon 1-2, S. Shannon 1-2, Conti 0-2, Ford 0-1); Siena 4-17 (Bisping 0-1, Wright 0-1, Poole 4-8, Oliver 0-2, Hymes 0-4, White 0-1). Rebounds: Quinnipiac 44 (Drame 12); Siena 33 (White 6). Assists: Quinnipiac 8 (S. Shannon 4); Siena 20 (Wright 10). Total fouls: Quinnipiac 29; Siena 40. Technical fouls: Siena coach Patsos, Quinnipiac coach Moore. Flagrant foul: Sumbry. Fouled out: Conti, Long, Bisping, Silas, Poole, Ogunyemi, Hymes. Attendance: 6,415.