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.