Overtime Free Throws Propel Siena Past Men’s Basketball

Nov. 28, 2015

Final Stats

ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena College made 9 of 12 overtime free throws Saturday afternoon, and the host Saints rallied from an early second-half hole to defeat Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball, 90-82, at the Times Union Center.

Andre Walker gave the Greyhounds (1-5) a two-point advantage with just over 39 ticks left in the second half, but a Nico Clareth jumper rattled in for Siena (4-2) with 11.7 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 76-76.

A Marquis Wright free throw one-minute, 25-seconds into overtime staked Siena to a single-point lead, but Franz Rassman scored on the offensive end for Loyola, pushing the Greyhounds up, 78-76.

Brett Bisping, however, knocked down a three from the left corner at 2:47, giving the Saints a two-point advantage. Clareth and Lavon Long made free throws for Siena, and Clareth hit another jumper at 1:19, stretching the lead to 84-78.

Wright hit two free throws 14 seconds later before Rassman scored for Loyola, narrowing the gap back to six. Bisping and Javion Ogenyemi, however, made pairs of free throws thereafter to seal the win in the Saints’ home opener.

Five players scored in double figures for each team, led by Jarred Jones’ game-high 23 for the Greyhounds. Jones also led all players with a career-high tying 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Tyler Hubbard made six 3-pointers for Loyola and finished with 20, while Eric Laster added 14 points. Walker scored 11, and Rassman contributed 10.

Wright scored 21 to lead Siena, while Bisping and Ogynyemi each had 15.

Loyola led by eight, 40-32, at halftime after shooting 59.3 percent from the field in the first half; the Greyhounds then went up as many as 15, 49-34, on a Rassman basket 2:26 into the second half. Siena, however, cut the lead back to nine, on a Clareth three and an and-one by Bisping at 15:09.

Laster converted one of his four threes at 14:45, and Walker hit two free throws to make the Greyhounds’ advantage, 54-40, with 14:17 in regulation.

Wright and Clareth hit threes for Siena on the Saints next two possessions, but Jones made a layup to momentarily stem the tide for the Greyhounds. Wright and Hubbard then traded 3-pointers with Hubbard’s coming at 11:59 and making the Loyola lead 10, 59-49.

Siena, however, scored 15 of the next 20 points and tied the game at 64-64 on two Long free throws with 8:08 left.

The teams traded leads over the next three minutes with Siena going up as many as four, 74-70, on two Bisping free throws at 2:56.

Jones and Walker made free throws for Loyola at 1:57 and 1:21 to tie the score for the ninth time in the game, and Walker’s jumper with 39 seconds left in regulation to put Loyola in front for the first time in nearly five minutes.

The Greyhounds continue a three-game road swing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, when they travel to face seventh-ranked University of Kansas at 7 p.m. (Central) in Allen Fieldhouse.