Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Quick Reaction: Siena posts first victory

ALBANY - The Siena men's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season, in pretty improbable fashion on Tuesday evening.

The Saints downed St. Bonaventure, 72-70, to win the Franciscan Cup, and give Jimmy Patsos his first victory at Siena head coach.

What it means: The Saints get their first victory of the year and finally got over the hump, after letting a second-half lead slip away at La Salle. The victory is also the first win over St. Bonaventure since the 1998-99 season, and Siena is now 34-68 all-time against Atlantic-10 opponents (7-28 vs. the Bonnies)

The Wright stuff: Marquis Wright didn't score many points, but he got the biggest basket of the game, a running, baking layup, with 0.2 seconds to play. Wright played 37 minutes and had seven assists and five rebounds to go along with his seven points.

Player of the Game: Brett Bisping played tremendous for the Saints. In 28 minutes off the bench, Bisping finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block. He was 4-for-7 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Play of the Game: Clearly Wright's basket was the biggest play of the game. He hit a difficult bank-shot, over Andell Cumberbatch, to send his team home victorious. Not to be outdone was a Bisping 3-pointer, with 3:31 remaining that put Siena up 70-68 and the Saints never trailed again, even though there were two ties.

Injury Update: It was a short night for Troy High grad Javion Ogunyemi, who went down in the first four minutes with an is initially being diagnosed as just an ankle sprain. It looked much worse (althought I'm not doctor). Ogunyemi, who had a season-ending injury to his right ankle during his junior year of high school, is scheduled for a MRI in the morning.

Coming Up: The Saints don't have much time to sit on this, as they hit the road for a Friday game at Cornell. Coach Patsos mentioned it in the postgame, but now he will be expecting a little more out of his bunch, which pushed one A-10 team to the wire on the road and now has beaten one at home. 

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