Thursday, February 23, 2012

Siena road woes continue, lose to rival Marist

POUGHKEEPSIE — The Siena men’s basketball team controlled their own fate.

Then, they hit the road and the Saints’ season-long problem of playing away from Albany, reared its ugly head.

Marist scored the game’s final nine points and posted a 61-52 victory at McCann Arena on Thursday evening.

Siena (7-10, 12-16) finishes the regular season with just one Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory on the road (1-8).

The Saints also will post back-to-back losing conference season for the first time since 1995-96 & ’96-97 seasons.    

Siena is 3-12 in games away from Albany this season.

The Saints had won 10 straight meetings against the Red Foxes, but it was Marist (6-11, 12-17), which got 16 points and eight rebounds from Chavaughn Lewis, which came out on top this time around.

“I’m just working as hard as possible,” said Lewis, who was also recruited heavily by Siena and coach Mitch Buonaguro.

OD Anosike posted his 21st double-double of the season for the Saints, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Saints trailed by eight at halftime, 28-20, and fell behind by as many as 12 points before mounting a comeback.

A 14-0 run, capped by a 3-point play from Anosike, put Siena up 48-46.

Marist fought right back though, as Lewis converted a 3-point play of his own and then Isaiah Morton hit a 3-pointer to put the Red Foxes up 52-48.

Anosike tied the game again, 52-52, but Lewis sunk two free throws to give Marist the lead for good.

The big shot came off the hands of Jay Bowie, who sunk a 3-pointer from the corner, to put the Red Foxes up 57-52. 

Evan Hymes chipped in 14 points for the Saints, but he finished just 5-for-12 from the field and Siena as a team, shot just 2-for-15 (13.3%) from beyond the arc and only 6-for-13 (46.2%) from the free throw line.

The Saints dropped to 0-12, when they score less than 60 points in a game this season.

Siena finishes the regular season, on Sunday, when they host Canisius, at 2 p.m.

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