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Siena basketball dominates Quinnipiac

Siena basketball dominates Quinnipiac

Saints even record at 9-9
Siena basketball dominates Quinnipiac
Don Carey takes a jump shot during Sunday's game in Albany.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

​ALBANY — With one of the MAAC men’s basketball co-leaders visiting in its home arena, Siena opened with a strong flurry.

Later, the Saints delivered the knockout.

“It shows the team we can be,” Siena junior Manny Camper said after the Saints’ 84-61 win Sunday against Quinnipiac at Times Union Center.

Siena started Sunday’s game on a 13-2 run, then responded when Quinnipiac — which entered the day tied for first place with Monmouth, which now sits alone in first at 6-2 in MAAC games — pulled ahead 43-42 early in the second half. Freshman Gary Harris made a 3-pointer to put Siena back in the lead, and that jumper started a 14-2 run. Following that spurt, the teams traded baskets for a few minutes before sophomore Jalen Pickett spurred a 20-4 run that sent the Saints to a game-high 25-point lead with 3:07 to go.

At one point in the second half, Pickett scored 14 consecutive Siena points as part of an effort in which he scored a game-high 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting. 

“I was feeling it,” said Pickett, who scored 18 of his points in the second half on 6 of 7 shooting.

Pickett also dished eight assists for the second game in a row, while Siena also received 19 points and 13 rebounds from fifth-year senior Elijah Burns, and 19 points and eight rebounds from Camper.

As a team, Siena made 57.9% of its shots, while Quinnipiac was held to 42.6% shooting from the field.

“This,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said, “is the team I love to coach.”

For Quinnipiac, junior Rich Kelly led four double-digit scorers with 12 points. Redshirt junior Kevin Marfo, who entered Sunday’s action as the nation’s leading rebounder at 13.9 rebounds per game, had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The victory for Siena (5-4, 9-9) against Quinnipiac (5-3, 10-8) was the second in three days for the Saints, who had lost their prior three games. The win pushed Siena’s record to 9-0 at home, while the team is 0-9 away from its home court. The Saints, the nation’s only remaining team that’s undefeated at home and winless on the road, play their next two games away from Times Union Center.

“I can’t wait to go on the road. I was hoping this game was going to be on the road,” Maciariello said. “I’m not worried about it. I’m not worried about it. To be honest with you, that’s the mindset I have. I’m not worried about it.”

As part of his opening statement during Siena’s post-game press conference, Maciariello addressed Sunday’s tragic news involving the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The former Los Angeles Lakers star died Sunday in a helicopter crash that killed multiple people, including one of Bryant’s daughters.

“Obviously, a somber moment with the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. I told [my players] . . . this is a childhood hero probably of many of these guys, and to take a moment. It kind of puts things in perspective. Obviously, we just won a big game, [but], for me, it’s about the bigger picture. Obviously, life is precious and things can be taken from you in an instant.”

Siena’s 23-point winning margin was its largest of the season. The Saints have won their last two games by double-digit margins.

“Tremendously proud of this group,” Maciariello said. “Back-to-back games we’ve held opponents under 65 points.”

Siena next plays Friday at Iona, then two days later at Saint Peter’s. 

“We have to buy in every day and every game, taking advantage of every opportunity,” Camper said. 

QUINNIPIAC

Rigoni 4-8 0-0 10, Marfo 5-6 1-3 11, Balanc 3-6 3-4 10, Williams 1-8 0-0 2, Kelly 5-14 0-0 12, Pinkney 2-4 2-2 6, Pickron 1-2 0-0 3, Falzon 1-4 0-0 3, McGuire 1-1 2-2 4, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Higgins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-54 8-11 61.

SIENA

Burns 7-8 4-4 19, Carey 3-8 0-0 8, Harris 3-4 1-2 8, Camper 9-15 1-4 19, Pickett 9-13 3-3 25, Young 0-1 0-0 0, King 1-5 0-0 3, Hein 0-1 0-0 0, Mahala 1-2 0-0 2, Diamond 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 33-57 9-13 84.

Halftime score: Siena 40, Quinnipiac 37. Three-point shooting: Quinnipiac 7-23 (Rigoni 2-4, Balanc 1-3, Williams 0-5, Kelly 2-5, Pickron 1-2, Falzon 1-3, Davis 0-1), Siena 9-18 (Burns 1-1, Carey 2-4, Harris 1-2, Camper 0-1, Pickett 4-6, King 1-3, Mahala 0-1). Rebounds: Quinnipiac 25 (Marfo 10), Siena 34 (Burns 13). Assists: Quinnipiac 12 (Marfo, Kelly 4), Siena 19 (Pickett 8). Turnovers: Quinnipiac 12, Siena 11. Total fouls: Quinnipiac 12, Siena 17. Attendance: 6,752.

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