Feb. 9, 2009
Albany, N.Y. - Siena's forward tandem of Alex Franklin and Ryan Rossiter posted double-doubles and the Saints held a decisive 32-10 in attempts at the free-throw line as league-leading Siena recorded a 73-60 home MAAC win over Loyola Monday night at the Times Union Center.
Franklin made seven of his nine attempts from the field with nine free throws for a game-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds and Rossiter made all four of his field-goal attempts and nine free throws to go along with a game-high 18 rebounds for the Saints (19-6, 13-1 MAAC). Those rebounding numbers helped Siena hold a 47-35 advantage off the boards.
"They're a great program with a great arena and a great record," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said after the game. "I was sorry to see that they [Siena] lost on Saturday, because we were hoping to sneak up on them. I'm pleased that we competed for 40 minutes. This was good preparation for the tournament. We're looking forward to coming back here next month."
Siena held a 35-28 lead at the intermission and scored the first basket of the second half before Loyola used back-to-back baskets to close within 37-32 with 18:29 left. The Saints would score 17 of the next 19 points to post a 54-34 advantage with 11:41 remaining. Six different Saints scored during the run which was capped by consecutive baskets by Clarence Jackson.
Loyola (11-15, 6-8 MAAC) got within 12 following a dunk by sophomore guard Jamal Barney to make the score 63-51 with 4:38 remaining. Siena built the lead back to 16 three times in the final minutes and the Greyhounds could get no closer.
After the Saints raced out to 14-6 lead five minutes into the game, but the Greyhounds used a 12-4 run to tie the game at 18 with 10:53 remaining on a three-pointer from senior guard Marquis Sullivan. But Siena would score 11 of the next 13 to go ahead 29-20 with five minutes remaining before halftime.
Backing up the efforts of Rossiter and Franklin were 17 points from Edwin Ubiles and 11 from Kenny Hasbrouck. All five Siena starters played more than 30 minutes.
Barney finished with 19 points, Sullivan added 15 and sophomore guard Brian Rudolph chipped in with 13 and five assists. The Greyhounds recorded 16 steals, the fifth-highest total in school history as Barney and Sullivan each collected four.
Loyola returns to action Friday night at 9 o'clock when it hosts Iona at Reitz Arena. The game will be televised by ESPNU.