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Saints keep poise, knock off Jaspers

Saints keep poise, knock off Jaspers

Siena finally executed when it counted against one of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic C

Siena finally executed when it counted against one of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

After losing two of their last three games in the final 10 seconds of regulation or in overtime, the Saints upset second-place Manhattan, 67-63, before a crowd of 7,928 Friday night at the Times Union Center.

Junior guard Rob Poole, coming off a career-high 33 points in a triple-overtime loss to Canisius Sunday afternoon, sank five out of six free throws in the final 19 seconds and finished with 17 points for Siena, which improved to 8-9 in the MAAC and 12-16 overall. Evan Hymes also scored 17 points, and became the 39th player in school history to produce 1,000 career points.

“I really believe that Manhattan can win the MAAC. They are a very good team,” said Siena first-year head coach Jimmy Patsos. “For us to win this game was a minor miracle. We got lucky. Manhattan missed a lot of free throws. I also thought that Rob [Poole], Evan [Hymes] and Ryan [Oliver] took ownership of this team tonight. This was a huge win for us.”

Siena was indeed fortunate that the talented Jaspers (13-5, 20-7) struggled at the free-throw line. Manhattan made only 19 of 42 free throws. None of the misses were more important than Shane Richards’ two botched attempts with 13.8 seconds left. The sophomore was shooting 83 percent from the line entering the game. When he was fouled by Javion Ogunyemi on a three-point attempt, he had a chance to tie the game, but he made only one, leaving

Siena on top, 63-61. Poole then closed out the game by making four free throws in the final 10.8 seconds left.

“That was a huge win over the team I think is the best team in the league,” said Poole. “I was surprised that they missed so many free throws, but it feels very good to come up with some big plays at the end of the game after we lost so many close games recently. I think we were lucky to get the bounces going our way this time.”

Hymes, who has been in a shooting slump recently and scored only three points against Canisius, was a big part of the win.

“We’ve been in four close games recently, and we finally won one,” he said. “I think we learned something from all those close games. This feels great to get the 1,000 points, because my father [Darryl] was here to see me for the first time this year.”

George Beamon led Manhattan with 17 points. Rhamel Brown blocked a Manhattan and Times Union Center record nine shots.

“The bottom line is that we missed 23 free throws. You can’t expect to win a conference game on the road when you do that,” said Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello.


Brown 4-7 1-9 9, Pankey 2-4 3-5 7, Stores 0-3 0-0 0, Beamon 5-14 5-9 17, Alvarado 2-6 5-8 9, Richards 2-7 1-3 7, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Andujar 5-6 4-8 14, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Kates 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-48 19-42 63.

SIENA (67)

Long 3-11 0-0 6, Bisping 2-6 0-2 4, Silas 2-3 2-2 6, Wright 4-9 0-1 8, Poole 4-11 7-8 17, Ogunyemi 0-1 3-4 3, Oliver 2-4 0-1 6, Hymes 5-13 4-4 17, White 0-1 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 2-59 16-22 67.

Halftime: Siena, 34-30. Three-point goals: Manhattan 4-12 (Stores 0-1, Beamon 2-4, Richards 2-7); Siena 7-18 (Bisping 0-1, Poole 2-7, Oliver 2-3, Hymes 3-7). Rebounds: Manhattan 42 (Brown 8, Andujar 8); Siena 36 (Silas 7). Assists: Manhattan 8 (Alvarado 2, Andujar 2); Siena 14 (Wright 6). Total fouls: Manhattan 21, Siena 25. Fouled out: Bisping, Silas. Attendance: 7,928.

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