Sunday, March 23, 2008

24 Teams Left

Siena is about to tip off with Villanova for a spot in the Sweet 16. I'll be giving updates if you're reading along, but since the game is on national television, I'm sure most people will just be watching.

I'll keep the latest post in bold.

Well, much like many thought would happen to this group of Saints in the first game, they have fallen behind and since they led the entire way in the Vandy game, it's the first time they've trailed in the tournament.

Corey Stokes has nine points for the Wildcats, who lead 21-10 with 11:48 to go in the first half.

Tay Fisher has come off the bench to knock down a three and just got fouled on one before we went to break, so he'll have three free throws when we return.

It's going to take a comeback in this game from Siena against a Villanova team that has been great at coming from behind this season, most recently trailing by 18 on Friday in the first round to Clemson.

Scottie Reynolds is taking over. The sophomore has 17 and is a big reason why the 'Cats lead 36-26.

Alex Franklin has started to establish himself for Siena. He has 10 points and is 4-for-5 from the free throw line, which is a good sign for the Saints.

Kenny Hasbrouck is on the bench with two fouls and coach Fran McCaffery has played with an unusual lineup with De La Rosa, Fisher, Rossiter, Duell and Magee mixing in and out.

The starters are getting rest though.

Halftime here at the Pete and it's Villanova 42, Siena 32.

Reynolds and freshman Corey Stokes are carrying the day for the 'Cats. The two underclassmen have combined for 31 of Nova's 42 points.

Franklin has 12 for Siena.

Under 12-minute media timeout and the 'Cats lead 59-46.

Reynolds has 22 points, while Hasbrouck has 13 and Ubiles has eight.

Siena is struggling from the foul line at 18-for-28.

The Saints had a chance to cut the lead to eight, but Alex Franklin missed the free throw in trying to convert a three-point play.

Then, after Kenny Hasbrouck got the rebound off of a Nova miss, he had the ball knocked away and Reynolds was wide open for an easy lay-in and the score went back above 10.

The score is 75-62 with 3:40 to go in someone's season.


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