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Siena men's basketball can't keep up with St. Bonaventure

Siena men's basketball can't keep up with St. Bonaventure

'We’re just going to have to buy in that passing the ball and sharing it is a good way to play basketball'
Siena men's basketball can't keep up with St. Bonaventure
Siena lost 75-55 Wednesday against the Bonnies.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

ALBANY — After a rough offensive showing, the Siena College men’s basketball team’s point guard got right to the point about what went wrong Wednesday for the Saints.

“We didn’t execute that much,” Siena freshman Roman Penn said after his team’s 75-55 loss to St. Bonaventure.

Just days after registering its first win of the season with an impressive all-around offensive showing, Siena struggled offensively from start to finish as the Bonnies retained the Franciscan Cup at Times Union Center. The Saints shot 18 of 53 overall from the field, 4 of 20 from 3-point territory and had five more turnovers than assists.

“That’s just not going to get it done,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We’re just going to have to buy in that passing the ball and sharing it is a good way to play basketball.”

Later, he added: “But, on the other hand, we just did that — and it worked.”

That was Saturday, back when the Saints made 30 of 51 total shots, 10 of 17 3s and had twice as many assists as turnovers in a win against Hofstra.

Against St. Bonaventure (4-2), Siena (1-5) was competitive for much of the first half. Down 22-20, though, Siena turned the ball over out of a timeout and the game unraveled from there for the Saints. St. Bonaventure made a 3 on the ensuing possession to start up a 13-1 run to close the half.

Siena offered a couple of spurts in the second half, but never was able to seriously challenge the Bonnies, who were playing without star senior Jaylen Adams. Each time that Siena put together a small run, a 3 rimmed out on offense or a botched assignment hindered the Saints.

“We’re not good enough to survive plays like that,” Patsos said.

Or offensive performances like the ones individual Saints turned in Wednesday. While sophomore Ahsante Shivers scored a career-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, Siena’s other top offensive threats struggled — like junior Nico Clareth, who scored nine points on 10 shots.

“Nico knows he didn’t play great,” Patsos said. “But he’ll be back and I have full confidence in Nico [next game] because he always bounces back.”

Penn and fellow freshman guard Christian Bentley combined to score six points. Freshman Prince Oduro, who scored 17 points in Saturday’s win, struggled to get involved in a game in which he made 4 of 7 shots for eight points.

“I’m supposed to create a lot more. I didn’t create enough for my teammates,” Penn said. “I have to get Prince the ball where he can score. I didn’t do that enough.”

Really, though, Siena’s poor offensive showing was a true team effort for a group that looked tentative against its Atlantic 10 foe.

“They were good defensively,” Shivers said, “and on offense we were pressing.”

“We just need to play with more energy,” Oduro said.

For St. Bonaventure, senior Matt Mobley scored a game-high 22 points, while junior LaDarien Griffin had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

“You’ve got to match their toughness,” Patsos said of the veteran Bonnies. “They’re not going to feel sorry for you.”

Siena next plays a third consecutive home game, as the Saints play Saturday against Robert Morris. After that matchup, Siena plays at nationally ranked Louisville before taking on UAlbany for the Albany Cup.

“Got to beat Robert Morris,” Patsos said. “Got to stay positive.”

St. Bonaventure

Griffin 6-13 6-9 18, Ayeni 1-2 1-2 3, Taqqee 5-8 1-1 13, Mobley 6-13 6-7 22, Kaputo 2-4 0-0 5, Ngalakulondi 0-0 0-0 0, Stockard 1-4 3-9 5, Gueye 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Brockington 1-6 0-0 2, Galatio 0-0 0-0 0, Ikpeze 4-6 0-2 8. Totals: 26-56 17-30 75.

Siena

Oduro 4-7 0-0 8, Bentley 1-5 0-0 2, Penn 1-6 2-2 4, Shivers 5-14 7-9 19, Clareth 2-10 4-6 9, Smithen 0-0 0-0 0, Huerter 0-0 0-0 0, Richard 2-6 0-0 4, Horn 0-1 0-0 0, Fisher 3-4 2-3 9. Totals: 18-53 15-20 55.

Halftime score: St. Bonaventure 35, Siena 21. Three-point shooting: St. Bonaventure 6-15 (Griffin 0-1, Taqqee 2-3, Mobley 4-8, Kaputo 0-1, Brockington 0-2), Siena 4-20 (Bentley 0-3, Penn 0-2, Shivers 2-6, Clareth 1-4, Richard 0-2, Horn 0-1, Fisher 1-2). Rebounds: St. Bonaventure 39 (Griffin 11), Siena 33 (Penn, Shivers 7). Assists: St. Bonaventure 13 (Griffin 4), Siena 8 (Richard 3). Turnovers: St. Bonaventure 8, Siena 13. Total fouls: St. Bonaventure 18, Siena 22. Technicals: None. Fouled out: Penn. Attendance: 5,535.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter. For more coverage of college basketball, head to dailygazette.com/blogs/the-outlet.

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