Rob Poole had 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Siena made big plays down the stretch in an 81-73 win over Brookwood Club Tuesday night. The Saints trailed 44-41 at halftime and were tested throughout by Brookwood's active press and solid guard play.
The Saints made 28-36 free throws - 11 by Poole and seven by Brett Bisping who ended with 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Lavon Long had 12 points before fouling out, rounding out the Saints in double figures. It was the fourth straight strong outing for the freshman forward.
Siena had to play much of the second half without starting point guard Marquis Wright who picked up his fourth foul just a minute into the final stanza. With Evan Hymes sidelined with a broken hand, Poole ran the point and kept things even until Wright returned.
Siena led just 71-70 with 4:02 to play before using an 8-0 run to take command.
Rich Audu and Ryan Oliver each made big plays at the off guard, combining for 13 points and nine rebounds.
Javion Ogunyemi added six points and five rebounds and his putback dunk late in the second half drew the biggest reaction from the sellout crowd of a couple hundred fans.
The Saints conclude their Canadian tour Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Concordia College.
Men's golf poses before teeing off at the Kintyre course
Our first full day in Ayrshire dawned sunny and comfortable. Breakfast at Turnberry is a hearty affair, if 5 choices of yogurt alone is any indication. Students made the most of the lavish cold buffet and hot dishes to order to fuel up for the day. It was then off to the first tee of the Kintyre course.
Tom Alexander, the tee master, sent off foursomes, allowing ample time for golfers to be clear of tee shots. Most seemed pleased with their first shots. And a few, naming no names, found fescue, raspberry thickets and sand straightaway. Most groups return seated with the coaches from an aerie in the Tappie Toorie Grill above the pro shop. Dr. Vincent Nguyen's (Victoria's father) approach to the 18th green may - or may not - have kissed the window of the pro shop. He's a great sport, and his next shot rolled very near the pin. We didn't probe for scores, but there were enough in the 70s to make for a great day.
The majority of the group went for dinner in Ayr, passing through rolling hills teeming with sheep. On a turn we were treated to a magnificent view of Cluzean Castle. Ayr gives its name to the region of Ayrshire, where we're residing these three days. Ayrshire gave Scotland William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Robbie Burns. It's possible Robert the Bruce was born at Turnberry Castle whose ruins on which the resort was built. It's glorious countryside and seaside. Monuments to the three native sons of renown dot Ayr.
We were on our own for dinner, with most opting for West Kirk, a restaurant in a former Free Church built in 1845 - young by Scotland's standards but impressive from ours. A walk after dinner took us to a 15th century bridge over Ayr River and along a sleepy High Street. (The Marks & Spencer closes at!) It was then back our winding, dark roads to the hotel to rest for the championship Ailsa course.
On a 15th century bridge over the Ayr River
View of Ayr from the 15th century Auld Bridge
Women's golf gets set to tee off at the Kintyre course