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Siena men's basketball escapes with win at Iona

Siena men's basketball escapes with win at Iona

Iona misses 4 shots in final seconds of Siena's 2-point win
Siena men's basketball escapes with win at Iona
Siena next plays Monday vs. Fairfield.
Photographer: Erica Miller

NEW ROCHELLE — Through a wild finish, the Siena College men’s basketball team held on Saturday for its fourth win in five games.

The Saints won 56-54 at Iona, as the Gaels missed four shots in the contest’s frantic final 11 seconds. Overall, Iona’s best-in-the-MAAC-per-possession offense made only 18 of 50 shots against Siena’s best-in-the-MAAC-per-possession defense.

Freshman Jalen Pickett led Siena with 17 points, and scored all of his points after halftime. Also for Siena, senior Evan Fisher added a dozen points.

Siena led 27-26 at halftime, but Iona surged ahead to take a 46-39 lead with 9:05 to go. The Saints, though, responded with a 15-0 run that sophomore Manny Camper capped with a pair of free throws to put Siena ahead for good.

Pickett made a pair of free throws in the final minute to put Siena ahead 56-52, but Iona found a way to make the game’s final seconds tense for the Saints.

After Iona senior Rickey McGill made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play, Siena turned the ball over on an attempted pass from redshirt senior Kadeem Smithen to Fisher against Iona’s full-court pressure. In rapid succession against a scrambling Siena defense, Iona attempted three 3-pointers and one 2 — but missed each shot, as the Saints escaped with a key MAAC road win.

The victory pushed Siena’s conference record to 5-4 and 10-12 overall. Iona’s records fell to 5-5 and 7-14.

Siena next plays Monday at home vs. Fairfield.

SIENA

Pickett 6-16 2-2 17, Fisher 5-11 1-4 12, Degnan 3-8 2-2 8, Camper 2-7 2-2 6, Seymour 1-5 0-0 2, Smithen 2-2 0-0 6, Huerter 2-2 0-0 5, Tchougang 0-0 0-0 0, Bayer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 7-10 56.

IONA

Crawford 6-11 7-8 19, Perez 6-9 0-0 17, McGill 1-5 4-8 6, Nikolic 2-2 0-0 4, Agee 1-9 1-3 3,  Hudson 2-3 0-0 5, Ristanovic 0-9 0-0 0, Gist 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 18-50 12-19 54.

Halftime: Siena 27, Iona 26. Three-point shooting: Siena 7-22, Iona 6-27. Rebounds: Siena 35 (Degnan, Camper 7), Iona 32 (Agee, Ristanovic 8). Assists: Siena 7 (Pickett 2), Iona 10 (McGill 6). Turnovers: Siena 10, Iona 8. Total fouls: Siena 15, Iona 9. Attendance: 1,537.

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