Tuesday, December 28, 2010

St. Bonaventure 82, Siena 79 FINAL

OLEAN — The Siena Saints got a number of good individual efforts on Tuesday evening, but it didn’t add up to a victory.

The Saints got career nights from junior Kyle Downey, sophomore Jonathan Breeden and freshman Rakeem Brookins, but it wasn’t enough to top St. Bonaventure.

The Bonnies got a game-high 26 points from Andrew Nicholson to defeat Siena 82-79 and capture the Franciscan Cup, at the Reilly Center.

The Saints (4-7) played their second straight game without senior guard Clarence Jackson, who is out with an ankle injury.

In Jackson’s absence, Downey, Breeden, Brookins and Owen Wignot all scored in double figures
for Siena.

The Saints actually held a nine-point lead with 10:26 remaining, when Downey made a layup to finish a off an 8-0 run.

Downey finished with a career-high 21 points and pumped his fist after one of his trio of treys gave Siena a three-point lead in the second half.

Brookins finished with a career-high 18 points, but he missed the final few minutes of the game
because he was cramping up, something that persisted throughout a majority of the second half.

Siena’s freshman guard still had seven assists, shot 7-for-12 from the field and finished with just one turnover in 23 minutes.

The Bonnies (7-4) got big nights from Michael Davenport, who finished with 20 points and Ogo Adegboye, who chipped in 18.

Davenport gave St. Bonaventure the lead for good, with his layup with just fewer than five minutes remaining.

That basket put the Bonnies on an 8-0 run that saw both Davenport and Adegboye hit big 3-pointers.

Siena big man Ryan Rossiter had one of his worst nights of the season, finishing with just four points on 2-for-5 shooting from the field.

He did finish with a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Saints cut the lead to four very late on a reverse layup by Downey and then Breeden hit two 3-pointers to make it a one possession game, but time ran out.

Siena also lost the services of junior Kyle Griffin, who seemed to reaggravate a shoulder injury late in the first half.

The Saints stay on the road to finish off the calendar year with a game on New Year’s Eve against another Atlantic-10 foe, St. Joseph’s, at 4 p.m.

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