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Siena men's basketball surges past Fairfield

Siena men's basketball surges past Fairfield

Burns, Pickett, Camper all score in double figures in 62-59 win
Siena men's basketball surges past Fairfield
Siena men's basketball coach Carmen Maciariello pictured earlier this season.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Siena men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to five games, as Elijah Burns led three players in double figures with 15 points and the Saints rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to earn a 62-59 win over Fairfield on Sunday.

Burns was 5 of 7 from the field and 5 of 6 at the free throw line for Siena (11-5 MAAC, 15-10 overall), which now sits a half-game behind Saint Peter’s for first place in the MAAC. Siena and Saint Peter’s split their meetings during the regular season.

Jalen Pickett added 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and three blocks for Siena, while Manny Camper put up a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan King provided a spark off the bench, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Saints came back from a 32-27 halftime deficit by shooting 10 of 19 from the floor in the second half, including 4 of 6 3-point attempts.

It was just the second win away from the Times Union Center for Siena this season. The only other road win came on Jan. 31 in an 87-64 rout of Iona.

Vincent Eze led Fairfield (7-9, 11-16) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Taj Benning added 11 points, but Fairfield was limited to 2 of 15 from 3-point range and shot just 9 of 29 from the field in the second half.

Sunday’s game was the first of a three-game road trip for Siena, which continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quinnipiac and concludes Friday at Marist.

SIENA

Burns 5-7 5-6 15, Pickett 5-14 2-4 14, Camper 2-7 8-8 13, Carey 2-2 0-0 4, Harris 0-3 2-2 2 King 3-3 0-0 9, Friday 3-3 3-3 5, Hein 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0.

FAIRFIELD

Eze 6-10 2-3 14, Benning 4-0 2-2 11, Maidoh 3-3 2-2 9, Taliaferro 2-12 3-5 7, Jeanne-Rose 1-4 0-0 2, Kavaliauskas 1-4 6-6 8, Cruz 2-11 0-0 4, Methnani 2-4 0-2 4, Whipple 0-1 0-0 0.

Halftime score: Fairfield 32, Siena 27. Three-point shooting: Siena 6-12 (Pickett 2-5, Camper 1-3, Harris 0-1, King 3-3), Fairfield 2-15 (Benning 1-3, Maidoh 1-1, Taliaferro 0-5, Jeanne-Rose 0-1, Kavaliauskas 0-1, Cruz 0-3). Rebounds: Siena 33 (Camper 10), Fairfield 32 (Eze 8). Assists: Siena 11 (Pickett 5), Fairfield 7 (Kavaliauaskas 3). Turnovers: Siena 13, Fairfield 5. Total fouls: Siena 16, Fairfield 20. Attendance: 2,479.

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