Siena’s Two Game Win Streak Ends With Loss To Fairfield
Playing with virtually no bench, the Siena Saints seemed to run out of gas in the second half and were beaten by Fairfield Monday night at the Times Union Center, 64-54.
Playing with eight players, the Saints trailed by a duece after the first half, 27-25. However, it should be noted that only one of those bench players saw double digit minutes, that being Rich Audu who played 14 minutes. Davis Martins played just four and Imoh Silas played just one minute. All five starters played at least 34 minutes.
O.D. Anosike played 39 minutes and scored 15 points while grabbing eight boards to lead the Saints. He needed more help but it didn’t arrive. The starters shot just 18 of 45 from the floor.
The Stags of Fairfield opened up that two point halftime lead to 14. Tied at 41 apiece, the Stags went on an 18-4 run to put the game away. The Saints made a mini run but foul shooting by Fairfield and the clock doomed Siena.
The Saints had won two straight wins coming into the game to tie a season high and had creeped up the standings a bit in the MAAC. Make that creep a crawl and say see ya to the winning streak.
Siena remains three games back of Rider, two games behind Fairfield, and a game back of Manhattan in the MAAC conference.
The Saints will try and heal up and get ready for the start of a three game road trip when they tangle with last year’s conference champion, Loyola, at 9:00 P.M. Friday evening.