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Another road loss for Siena men's basketball

Another road loss for Siena men's basketball

Fall to 0-8 away from home after falling to Canisius
Another road loss for Siena men's basketball
Siena lost on the road again Friday, this time to Canisius.
Photographer: Erica Miller

BUFFALO — Siena College’s road woes continue.

Malik Johnson shot 8-for-10 from the field to score a game-high 24 points for Canisius, which defeated Siena 73-63 at the Koessler Athletic Center Friday night.

Jalen Pickett notched 21 points on 8-14 shooting including a season-high five threes for the Saints, who dropped the opener to their annual Western New York swing and fell to 0-8 away from Times Union Center.

Johnson added seven rebounds and six assists for Canisius (7-10, 2-4), which shot an even 50% from the field, including 71% (24-34) on two-point attempts. Jalanni White led three reserves in double figures with 13 points for the Golden Griffins, who received 35 points from its bench.

Pickett picked up six rebounds, four assists, and three steals for Siena (7-8, 3-3), which has lost eight of its last 10 in Buffalo. Elijah Burns contributed 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, and Manny Camper added nine points and eight rebounds for the Saints, who entered play leading the MAAC in both scoring and field goal percentage, but were held to 10 points under their season scoring average on just 39% shooting.

Siena opened the game on a 10-4 flurry, but Canisius responded with an 18-4 run to claim a lead they would not relinquish. The Golden Griffins, who shot 55% in the first half including 15-20 from inside the arc, scored the final seven points of the stanza to take a 39-29 lead at the break.

Canisius led by double figures for most of the second half, and by as many as 15 points at 57-42 with 7:08 to go. For the second straight game on the road the Saints battled back late, putting together a 12-2 run to rally as close as 59-54 with 4:05 remaining. However, Canisius scored seven of the next nine points down the stretch to close it out.

Siena concludes both its three-game road trip and its annual Western New York swing Sunday with a 2 p.m. tip-off at Niagara.

SIENA (63)
Jl.Pickett 8-14 0-0 21, Camper 2-7 5-7 9, E.Burns 5-7 1-2 13, Jr.King 1-7 0-0 2, D.Carey 1-7 0-0 3, G.Harris Jr 2-5 2-5 7, Hein 1-4 0-0 2, Sutherland 0-2 0-0 0, Ky.Young 1-1 0-2 2, Friday IV 1-3 2-2 4, Darwiche 0-0 0-0 0, Mahala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 10-18 63.
CANISIUS (73)
Ml.Johnson 8-10 7-8 24, M.Brandon 5-16 0-0 12, Harried 0-4 2-4 2, Ja.White 6-9 1-2 13, Jo.Henderson 3-6 0-0 7, Hitchon 4-6 2-3 10, J.Fritz 1-3 1-2 3, Co.Brown 1-2 0-0 2, I.Hadzic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 13-19 73.
Halftime—Canisius 39, Siena 29. 3-Point Goals—Siena 9-30 (Jl.Pickett 5-11, E.Burns 2-2, D.Carey 1-3, G.Harris Jr 1-3, Camper 0-2, Sutherland 0-2, Hein 0-3, Jr.King 0-4), Canisius 4-22 (M.Brandon 2-10, Jo.Henderson 1-3, Ml.Johnson 1-3, J.Fritz 0-1, Ja.White 0-1, Harried 0-2, Hitchon 0-2). Fouled Out—Jo.Henderson, G.Harris Jr. Rebounds—Siena 32 (Camper 8), Canisius 39 (Harried 8). Assists—Siena 11 (D.Carey, Jl.Pickett 4), Canisius 14 (Ml.Johnson 6). Total Fouls—Siena 17 (G.Harris Jr 5), Canisius 19 (Jo.Henderson 5). A—1,203.

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