Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Farewell for now

This spot has been my place to talk sports for the past six years or so.

Unfortunately, that time has come to an end.

I've take a communications position in county government, working for the Montgomery County Executive.

I appreciate all who read this blog and the many who commented.

While reporters come and go, much like the players and coaches we covered, the teams and the programs continue to play on.

Thank you again for coming to this place, even if you only came once. It was a part of the job I enjoyed and certainly one I will miss. 

Andrew Santillo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Iona 87, Siena 78

ALBANY - Siena played well in the second half, but Iona had just too much offense on Sunday afternoon.

The Gaels finished the game on a 22-9 run and got out of Albany, with an 87-78 victory, in front of 5,793 fans.

When Marquis Wright fouled out with 7:12 to play, the Saints led 69-65. Siena (3-3, 7-10) lost the lead for good , when Mike Poole hit two free throws, with 4:27 remaining.

Iona (5-1, 8-7) hit 15 3-pointers and was led by A.J. English, who scored a career-high 31 points.

The Saints got 19 points from Evan Hymes and 16 from Rob Poole.

Siena plays at Manhattan, on Thursday evening.

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Iona 50, Siena 40 (half)

ALBANY - Iona is pretty darn good.

The Gaels came into Albany as one the top scoring teams in the country and they haven't disappointed. Iona made nine 3-pointers and leads Siena, 50-40, in the first half.

Siena actually outshot Iona by percentage (48%-45%), but those many three's gave the Gaels a double-digit lead.

A.J. English scored 15 straight Iona points late in the half and he leads all scorers with 17. Sean Armand also started getting heated up, scoring 15 for Iona.

The Saints were led by Evan Hymes, who has 12 points off the bench.

Siena actually ran with high-flying Iona pretty well, but can they keep it up and keep up scoring at this pace.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Siena 67, Marist 58

ALBANY - Siena is on a roll at home right now.

The Saints won their fifth consecutive home game on Friday night, downing rival Marist, 67-58, in front of 5,864 fans in downtown Albany.

Siena (3-2, 7-9) got 17 points off the bench from Evan Hymes and 16 more from Brett Bisping, who also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Marist (2-3, 5-10), which played without center Adam Kemp, was led by freshman Khallid Hart, who scored a game-high 22 points.

The Saints will be back at home on Sunday, when they host Iona.

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SIena 32, Marist 25 (half)

ALBANY - The first half was certainly a foul fest between Siena and Marist.

The two teams combined for 24 fouls (two technicals) and 33 free throws attempted (28 made).

Still, the Saints scored the half's final six points and lead, 32-25, at intermission.

The teams didn't shoot well. Siena was 8-for-25 (32%), while Marist was 5-for-24 (20.8%)

The Saints were led by Brett Bisping, who scored 11 points.

The Red Foxes, who had to deal with foul trouble with both Chavaughn Lewis and Jay Bowie, were led by Khalid Hart, who had 10 points. 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UAlbany 73, UMBC 72, 2OT

ALBANY - The University at Albany didn't play its best on Wednesday evening, but they don't ask how, they ask if.

The Great Danes were able to claw and scrape their way to a 73-72 double overtime victory over UMBC, in front of 2,145 fans at SEFCU Arena.

UAlbany (2-0, 8-7) got a career-high 27 points from Peter Hooley and 20 points and 12 rebounds from Sam Rowley, but it was John Puk's single free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining that sealed the victory.

The Retrievers were poised to pull the upset, as freshman Rodney Elliott scored 22 and Devarick Houston added 19. UMBC (0-2, 4-11) is now 0-10 on the road this season, including 0-2 in America East play. 

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UAlbany 27, UMBC 26 (half)

ALBANY - The University at Albany didn't play its best first half of the seasons.

The Great Danes bounced back from an early deficit and lead UMBC by one, 27-26, at halftime.

Sam Rowley led the way with 12 points for UAlbany.

The Retreievers got eight points from Bryan Harris, off the bench.

Coming off a night where they made a Division I program record 16 3-pointers, UAlbany shot just 1-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes.

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