Siena Falls To Maine, Black Bears Get First Win Of The Year
Too bad the season isn't going as well as Siena's recent recruiting class. After landing two solid prospects for the future, the Saints came back to reality and lost to Maine on Sunday 72-66.
The win was the first of the year for the Maine Black Bears after four losses to start the year. Siena jumped out early leading 36-33 at the break but couldn't maintain for the last 20 minutes getting outscored 39-30 in the second 20 minutes.
Xavier Pollard was the main nemesis notching career highs in points with 15 and assists with 12. The sophomore guard led the second half charge dishing four straight helpers to turn a one point deficit to a fat nine point lead with just over 13 minutes left. The Saints never recovered.
Justin Edwards led the Black Bears with 19 points and Alasdair Fraser scored 17 points and hogged the glass for nine boards and added three blocks.
After Siena cut into Maine's big lead those three players previously mentioned helped put the game away combining for the next nine points to put the ball game away and Maine up 13 with eight minutes left.
Siena, who has now lost three of their last four and returning from a tournament in San Diego were led by Evan Hymes who notched 20 points. Rakeem Brookins chipped in 15. Siena's best all around player, O.D. Anosike recorded his 6th double double of the young season (every game so far) with 12 points and 20 rebounds.
Siena will next take on UMass at home before the rivalry contest this coming Saturday against UAlbany.