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Siena Sustains A Heartbreaking Defeat To UMass

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Woulda, coulda, and wasn’t. That sums up the latest defeat for the Siena Saints as they drop a tough one point decision to UMass 64-63 at the Times Union Center on Wednesday night.

This clearly isn’t the UMass team of Camby and Calipari but they still reside in the respected Atlantic 10 conference. For one half last night it looked like the Saints would score the upset. Siena, after dropping a bad game to Maine, was a seven point underdog at home.

The Saints, shaking off the injury to Rakeem Brookins came out and was stout in the first 20 minutes leading at the break by 10, 34-24, but the second half has not been kind so far to Mitch Buonaguro’s team and it wasn’t on this night. UMass closed the half on a 5-0 run to cut a 15 point deficit to a respectable ten at the half.

Siena still led 63-60 with 2:03 left in the ballgame but didn’t score again. A Chaz Williams layup gave the Minutemen the lead and the win with four seconds left. Williams led UMass with 23 points followed by Terrell Vinson with 18.

For the Saints they were led by Evan Hymes again. He totaled 15 points. Rob Poole tallied 11. The big fella in the paint O.D. Anosike was his usual double double producing self with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Siena played with out Rakeem Brookins who again will miss time with a bad back. Brookins missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a back injury.

Next up for the now 2-5 Saints is their rivalry game Saturday night against UAlbany at the TU center at 7:05 p.m.

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