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Bisping feeds Siena a win

Bisping feeds Siena a win

Bisping feeds Siena a win
Siena's Brett Bisping re-found his game Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

ALBANY — After Wednesday’s Siena College men’s basketball practice, redshirt senior Brett Bisping explained what had been plaguing his play of late. 

No, he said, the health of his knees was not the issue. The fifth-year senior wasn’t running out of energy, either. The trick, he said, was he just needed to get back to playing like himself — a rugged 
rebounder with a deft shooting touch — after struggling for several games to do that.  

“I’m planning on fixing it tomorrow night,” Bisping said.

And, he did.

Bisping made his first three shots Thursday on his way to his ninth double-double of the season in Siena’s 94-71 MAAC win against Manhattan at Times Union Center. After a four-game span in which he shot 8 of 31 from the field, Bisping made 5 of 6 field goals as part of an effort in which he scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“I didn’t play well for a few games,” Bisping said. “I didn’t want to let that keep happening.”

Bisping got to work early for Siena (10-7, 13-15) in a game in which Manhattan (4-13, 9-19) never led. The redshirt senior started the game’s scoring 10 seconds in with a long 2-pointer. Siena ended up starting the game on a 6-0 run, and Bisping’s offensive rebound and assist to senior Javion Ogunyemi answered Manhattan after its first score of the game. Bisping drained a 3-pointer on the Saints’ next possession.

“We feed off his hustle, his points,” Ogunyemi said. “He’s a tough guy to guard when he gets going.”

Especially when he attacks the opposing backboard, like he did Thursday with four offensive rebounds.

“He gets his energy off the glass,” Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello said, “and he did a great job, I thought, getting back to rebounding at a double-figure pace.”

Siena’s lead was as large as 13 points in the opening half, which it ended up 41-29. 

Bisping led the Saints in the first 20 minutes, scoring 10 points and not missing a shot. He was 3 of 3 from the field, plus 3 of 3 from the foul line.

As a team, Siena made 10 of 15 shots to start the game, while Bisping’s 10 first-half points were part of 33 

Siena got from its senior core — Bisping, Lavon Long, Ogunyemi and Marquis Wright — in the opening half.

Sophomore Nico Clareth added six of his team-high 20 points in the first half. Clareth made 5 of 8 3s in the contest.

Siena’s lead expanded quickly early in the second half. Manhattan never got closer than 13 points after Wright’s 3-pointer put the Saints ahead 44-30 with 18:31 to go, and 

Siena led by as many as 29 in the final minutes.

The Saints had come into Thursday’s game off a 102-82 loss to Monmouth and had dropped their last three home games. Head coach Jimmy 

Patsos said he was proud his team rallied together after Monday’s tough defeat.

“I’m really proud of our guys because it could have gone a lot of ways,” Patsos said, “and they decided to play even harder.”

Long scored 14 points and had seven rebounds in the win. Wright added 18 points and six assists, while Ogunyemi had 17 points.

“After a loss, the motivation is always there,” Long said. “You play a little harder, play a little better. You got a chip on your shoulder, so it helps.”

As a team, Siena shot 30 of 52 for a season-best shooting percentage of 57.7, while the team’s 94 points were the most it has scored this season.  

For Manhattan, redshirt junior Zavier Turner scored 20 points to match Siena’s Clareth.

The Saints next play Saturday back at home against Niagara. Thursday’s win slotted Siena alone in fourth place in the MAAC standings with three games to go in a regular season Bisping hopes to finish strong.

“I’m happy with how I played tonight,” Bisping said, “and more happy that we won.”

MANHATTAN
Waterman 4-10 9-12 17, Crawford 2-5 3-4 7, Ismail 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 7-15 2-2 20, Capuano 5-6 3-4 16, Council 0-4 0-0 0, Ojo 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 1-3 0-0 2, Walker 3-5 2-2 9, Ehrnvall 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22-50 19-24 71.

SIENA
Long 4-8 6-7 14, Bisping 5-6 6-8 17, Ogunyemi 7-9 3-5 17, Wright 5-11 6-6 18, Shivers 0-0 4-4 4, Brandwijk 0-0 0-0 0, Huerter 0-0 0-0 0, Richard 1-2 0-0 2, Smithen 0-0 0-0 0, Clareth 7-12 1-1 20, Merrill 0-0 0-0 0, Fisher 1-3 0-0 2, Friday 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 30-52 26-31 94.

Halftime: Siena 41 Manhattan 29. Three-point shooting:Manhattan 8-18 (Waterman 0-4, Crawford 0-1, Turner 4-5, Capuano 3-4, Council 0-1, Walker 1-1, Ehrnvall 0-2); Siena 8-14 (Bisping 1-1, Wright 2-3, Richard 0-1, Clareth 5-8, Fisher 0-1).
Rebounds: Manhattan 21 (Waterman 9); Siena 34 (Bisping 11). Assists: Manhattan 7 (Turner 4); Siena 18 (Wright 6). Turnovers: Manhattan 16 (Waterman 6); Siena 16 (Shivers 4). Total fouls: Manhattan 25; Siena 24. Fouled out: Waterman, Wilson, Long. Technicals: None. Attendance: 5,577.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at 395-3109, mkelly@dailygazette.net, or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter. For more coverage of Siena basketball, head to https://dailygazette.com/blogs/the-outlet.

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