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Siena men's basketball wins ugly one in 3OT

Siena men's basketball wins ugly one in 3OT

Saints win 59-57 in triple-overtime game
Siena men's basketball wins ugly one in 3OT
Siena topped Saint Peter's 59-57 in three overtimes Monday in Albany.
Photographer: Erica Miller

ALBANY — Monday’s game at Times Union Center didn’t deserve an overtime.

It got one, anyway.

Then, two.

And, at that point, why not play a third?

So that’s what Siena and Saint Peter’s did, with Siena pulling through in what amounted to “The Room” of men’s college basketball games this season.

“I’ve never been a part of one like that,” Siena freshman Roman Penn said after his team’s 59-57 triple-overtime win.


Siena (3-7, 7-16) and Saint Peter’s (2-8, 8-13) combined for 116 points in 55 minutes of action. Through the end of regulation and each of the first two overtimes, both teams played at a-point-per-minute pace. Siena trailed 24-16 at halftime and the teams ended regulation tied at 40 . . . and the first overtime at 45 . . . and the second overtime at 50.

“Going into three overtimes and seeing you’ve got 50 points,” Penn said, “you’re like, ‘Wow, this is a struggle.’”

Per sports-reference.com, there have been four other triple-overtime games this season. The lowest combined score in any of those games was 151 points.

“I’m actually glad we went three overtimes because, otherwise, we were going to score 40 points,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said. “Didn’t want that score flashing around the country.”

In the third overtime, though, Siena managed to end an ugly night of basketball with a win. Siena sophomore Ahsante Shivers made a go-ahead layup in the final minute and the Saints got a last-second stop to seal the victory, which lifted the Saints from last place in the MAAC.

“They play a little slow. They pack the lane,” Siena junior Evan Fisher said of the Peacocks, who are in the bottom 10 nationally in terms of pace of play, per kenpom.com. “So no surprise there why the score was so low — but, you know, after a triple-overtime game, to stay in the 50s, that is a little weird.”

Both teams worked deep into the shot clock throughout the night and had little success shooting the basketball. The teams combined to make 35 of 119 shots, were 10 of 45 from 3-point territory and 36 of 60 from the foul line.

Siena did play without sophomore Khalil Richard and freshman Jordan Horn, the latter of whom being the team’s leading scorer in MAAC play.

Siena sophomore Thomas Huerter said the Saints just tried to fight through the rough shooting night by focusing on taking care of the glass, where Siena out-rebounded Saint Peter’s 53-37.

“That was one thing we really focused on doing,” Huerter said. “If shots aren’t falling, make sure we’re doing everything else right.”

Shivers had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Siena, while Penn led all players with 18 points in 51 minutes.

“I like that we grinded it out,” Shivers said.

Five Saints played at least 37 minutes in what was Siena’s first triple-overtime game since a 92-87 loss at Manhattan on Jan. 4, 2016. Siena hadn’t played a triple-overtime game in Albany since a 92-88 loss against Canisius on Feb. 16, 2014.

Siena has not played more than a triple-overtime game since a six-overtime loss against Niagara on Feb. 21, 1953.

Siena trailed against Saint Peter’s for most of regulation. The Peacocks led by as many as 11 points in the first half, and Siena didn’t pull even in the second half until Penn hit a 3 to tie the game at 35 with 5:54 to go. From there, the teams played within five points of each other the rest of the way.

With the win, Siena moved into a tie for eighth-place with Fairfield. The Saints next play Friday against sixth-place Manhattan.

“We’re worried about moving up in the standings,” Patsos said.

Junior Samuel Idowu led Saint Peter’s with 17 points. Idowu made 6 of 11 shots; he was the game’s lone player to take more than one shot and make at least half of his attempts.

“It felt like an eternity out there,” Penn said of the night’s game, “but i felt like that was our first game that we actually fought through adversity and won the game.”


Idowu 6-11 3-6 17, Griffin 4-19 1-2 11, Gonzales 3-9 5-6 11, Enechionyia 1-3 0-0 3, Taylor 0-1 0-2 0, Turner 2-9 2-3 6, Livingston 0-1 0-0 0, Ndiaye 1-1 0-0 2, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 3-10 1-2 7. Totals: 20-64 12-21 57.


Oduro 3-7 2-8 8, Fisher 1-10 6-6 8, Bentley 1-3 0-0 2, Camper 0-0 0-0 0, Penn 5-14 5-7 18, Smithen 0-4 2-2 2, Huerter 1-6 2-7 4, Shivers 3-10 6-7 14, Friday 1-1 1-2 3. Totals: 15-55 24-39 59.

Halftime score: Saint Peter’s 24, Siena 16. Three-point shooting: Saint Peter’s 5-23 (Idowu 2-4, Griffin 2-10, Gonzales 0-1, Enechionyia 1-2, Turner 0-2, Jones 0-4), Siena 5-22 (Fisher 0-4, Bentley 0-1, Penn 3-9, Smithen 0-1, Huerter 0-2, Shivers 2-5). Rebounds: Saint Peter’s 37 (Idowu 13), Siena 53 (Shivers 10). Assists: Saint Peter’s 9 (Gonzales 3), Siena 7 (Huerter 4). Turnovers: Saint Peter’s 9, Siena 18. Total fouls: Saint Peter’s 29, Siena 18. Fouled out: Gonzales, Enechionyia, Taylor. Attendance: 5,065.

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

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