Saints Starters Lead Siena Past Men's Basketball

Jan. 28, 2011

Final Stats

Baltimore, Md. - All five Siena starters scored in double figures led by Ryan Rossiter's game-high 18 points as the Saints ended a two-game losing streak and snapped Loyola's four-game winning streak with a 76-59 MAAC victory Friday night at Reitz Arena.

Loyola (10-10, 6-4 MAAC) took its last lead at 15-14 when sophomore forward Erik Etherly stole the in-bounds pass under his own basket following a double-team and dunked it home causing Saints first-year coach Mitch Buonaguro to call a quick timeout. Whatever he said worked as Siena went on a 23-4 run to take a 37-19 lead with four minutes remaining in the half. All five Saints players scored during the run with Kyle Downey draining three field goals and Owen Wignot connecting on a pair of three-pointers.

"We didn't play with any intensity," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the outing. "I just didn't see that desire to win tonight and it looked like Siena wanted to win the game more than we did. You're not going to win in college basketball without passion and energy and I didn't see any passion and energy from our team tonight."

Both teams were sluggish at the start, creating eight ties over the first nine minutes before Siena (8-12, 5-5 MAAC) put on its run. The Greyhounds scored eight of the last 10 points of the half to cut their 18-point deficit to 12, trailing 39-27 at the intermission.

After the teams exchanged scores to start the second half, Siena scored six straight to take its largest lead of the game at 52-32 with 13:50 remaining. Loyola chipped away at the lead for the next seven-and-a-half minutes and finally got within 10 points, trailing 65-55 with 6:26 remaining on a three-pointer from junior guard J'hared Hall to end an 11-4 Greyhounds run.But Loyola would score just four points the rest of the way as Siena continued its balanced attack with Downey scoring five of the points during the Saints' game-closing 11-4 run.

After Rossiter's 18 points and nine rebounds, OD Anosike scored 16 with eight rebounds, Wignot tallied 14 with seven boards, Downey finished with 13 and Rakeem Brookins added 11 points with six assists and three steals.

For Loyola, freshman guard Justin Drummond scored a team-high 12 points and Hall, junior forward Shane Walker and sophomore forward Erik Etherly each tallied 10 with Walker adding nine rebounds. Starting guards Brian Rudolph and Robert Olson both scored six points with six and five assists, respectively.

The Greyhounds get back in action quickly, hosting Iona on Sunday afternoon at noon in Reitz Arena.