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Siena basketball wins 6th in a row

Siena basketball wins 6th in a row

Saints clinch first-round bye in the MAAC tournament
Siena basketball wins 6th in a row
Siena defeated Quinnipiac on Wednesday.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

​HAMDEN, CONN. — A sixth consecutive victory pushed the Siena men’s basketball team into a first-place tie atop the MAAC standings with Saint Peter’s.

The latest win for the Saints came Wednesday against Quinnipiac, as Siena pulled away in the second half to secure a 84-77 victory. The win was Siena’s ninth in its last 10 games, and was its third win in its last four road games after the team started the season 0-9 away from Times Union Center in Albany.

Still, Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said his team can play better.

“I’m not really concerned with any results. I’m not concerned with what place we’re in,” Maciariello said in a video posted via the program’s social-media account. “I didn’t think we were very good tonight. Our game plan was to limit their 3s, and they shot 50% and made 14 of them. So we’re lucky to win the game on the road. We didn’t execute our defensive game plan. When it’s all said and done, we found a way. I do like our composure.”

Siena (12-5, 16-10) and Quinnipiac (7-10, 12-15) were tied at 55 early in the second half before freshman Jordan King made a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 Saints run. From there, Siena led by as many as 13 points and always maintained at least a two-possession lead in finishing off a sweep of its regular-season series with the Bobcats.

Rich Kelly scored a game-high 26 points for Quinnipiac, which made 14 of 28 shots from 3-point territory. Siena, though, received double-digit scoring nights from four players as it earned a first-round bye in the MAAC tournament. Manny Camper led Siena with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Don Carey had 18 points, Jalen Pickett contributed 17 and Elijah Burns scored 10.

Siena next plays Friday at Marist — and Maciariello wants the Saints to use that game to achieve more than another win.

“This ball club still hasn’t played a full 40 minutes yet,” Maciariello said, “so I’m excited for when that happens.”

SIENA

Camper 7-14 5-6 19, Carey 6-12 5-6 18, Pickett 6-12 0-0 17, Burns 3-5 4-4 10, Harris 2-4 0-1 4, King 3-6 0-1 9, Friday 2-4 0-0 4, Hein 1-2 0-0 3, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-59 14-18 84.

QUINNIPIAC

Kelly 10-16 1-1 26, Marfo 5-11 4-5 14, Rigoni 4-5 0-0 12, Williams 5-11 0-0 12, Falzon 3-8 0-0 9, Pinkney 2-3 0-0 4, Pickron 0-4 0-0 0, Balanc 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-59 5-6 77.

Halftime score: Siena 48, Quinnipiac 39. Three-point shooting: Siena 10-18 (Carey 1-3, Pickett 5-8, Harris 0-1, King 3-5, Hein 1-1), Quinnipiac 14-28 (Kelly 5-8, Marfo 0-1, Rigoni 4-5, Williams 2-5, Falzon 3-6, Pickron 0-3). Rebounds: Siena 34 (Camper 14), Quinnipiac 30 (Marfo 11). Assists: Siena 14 (Pickett 5), Quinnipiac 16 (Marfo 8). Turnovers: Siena 9, Quinnipiac 13. Total fouls: Siena 12, Quinnipiac 18. Attendance: 824.​​​

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