Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Siena/Butler reaction

ALBANY - Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro was actually pretty optimistic after the Saints fell 70-57 to No. 23 Butler on Tuesday night.

The Saints played against a strong team, but seemingly should have fared a little better.

“We have to continue the positives and be able to look ourselves in the mirror and correct those negatives,” said senior forward Ryan Rossiter.

Siena needs to find another scoring threat, in addition to Rossiter and Clarence Jackson.

"I'm a little concerned about that," Buonaguro said.

Butler coach Brad Stevens was very high on Rossiter. He said he told Rossiter after the game how much he's improved.

"They’re aren’t very many guys in college basketball, and two of them were in this game (Butler's Matt Howard and Rossiter), that can score with their back to the basket through people,” he said.

Following this loss, the Saints have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since Jan. 2007. They were 52-4 since those conference losses to Fairfield and Marist.

Siena finds themselves in a tough spot as they head off to Rider for a post-Thanksgiving day Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.

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