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Siena Blows Out Queens

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Rob Poole scored 19 points to pace Siena's 69-48 win over Queens University (Ontario) Monday night in Montreal. Lavon Long added 13 points and five rebounds and was the catalyst in a decisive 15-3 run early in the game.

Poole and Rich Audu each had four steals as Siena's pressure defense and inside muscle was the difference in the game.  Imoh Silas joined Audu with a team-high seven rebounds. Marquis Wright scored eight points and dished out five assists without a turnover.

It was the first game of the Montreal tour in which NCAA rules were used, and Siena was much more comfortable with the 35-second shot clock.

Ryan Oliver started in place of Evan Hymes who broke his right hand in Sunday's loss at McGill. Hymes was the only member of the traveling party not to see action in Monday's game. He's expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. Oliver finished with five points, six rebounds and two assists and was the only Saints to convert a 3-pointer (1-2). Siena continued to struggle from distance, shooting just 1-11 for the game, but that was the only blemish in an otherwise thorough effort.

The Saints play their fourth of five games in Montreal Tuesday night against Brookwood Club at 7 p.m.

Evan Hymes Breaks Hand

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Siena guard Evan Hymes broke his right hand (fifth metacarpal) in Sunday's loss to McGill. Preliminary reports from Siena trainer Greg Dashnaw are that Hymes could miss up to six weeks. He will be reevaluated by the sports medicine staff's orthopedic team when the Saints return to campus.  

Greetings from Scotland!

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Day 1 - Sunday, August 25th
By: Mary Fletcher, Siena Women's Golf

We have arrived at the home of golf and Day 1 was certainly a day of excitement and new adventures. Certainly, the long day of travel was bound to catch up with all of us at some point. All of us expected to sleep on the red eye, but whether it was the abnormally uncomfortable seats, the constant snacks and meals provided, or the anticipation, I'm not sure, but needless to say, none of us got a wink of sleep. 

We arrived in Scotland at 7:30 am, or 2:30 am Albany time. We got through customs with no problem and gathered our bags, and some of us made our way to the currency exchange to collect our British pounds that we would need for the week. We were met outside by our bus driver, and once we loaded up, began our trek to Turnberry, which is on the west coast of Scotland. It was about an hour drive from the airport to the resort, through the rolling hills of Scotland. We were all thrown off a bit by driving on the left side of the road, and going the opposite way around traffic circles. Also, who knew that Scotland has sheep and cows everywhere? Once we got closer to our destination, we stopped at a store called Asda, which is actually owned by Walmart. A few of us got snacks, and some decided to get some pb and j for lunches during the week. Many of us had trouble paying, as we weren't sure of the different money, and alot of us also had a hard time understanding the people. We are still working on getting used to the thick accents the Scots have. Though it is English, it requires alot of concentration to be able to understand what they are saying. 

We then arrived at Turnberry, where we were astounded by the beauty. The players are staying in a lodge, which is basically a collection of rooms and a sitting area upstairs. The coaches and parents have a similar lodge of their own. Once settled, most of the boys opted for a nap right away, while the girls wanted to get right to the golf. We headed to the 12-hole par three which is right outside our lodge. 6 of us played, and despite the shortness, the longest hole is 70 yards, it was quite the challenge. Pot bunkers surrounded the course, and it proved to be a good Scottish welcome for all of us. Everyone had a bit of a different day. I played the par 3, went to the driving range, had afternoon tea in the lobby, then took a quick nap and shower before dinner. I know the boys enjoyed the par 3 once they got a little energy from their naps. We went to dinner at a place close to the hotel, and all enjoyed a hefty 3 course meal. Needless to say, we were all exhausted when we got back, as we hadn't had a good night's sleep in two days, but we managed to stay up for a couple more hours and call it a night. 

We are all excited to play Turnberry tomorrow and continue to be immersed in the Scottish culture!

McGill 74, Siena 72 (Highlights)

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Postgame Reaction From McGill Loss (Patsos and Bisping)

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McGill Gets Siena at Buzzer

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Simon Bibeau lost Marquis Wright with a spin move and nailed the winning 3-pointer from the right wing with just two seconds on the clock as McGill edged Siena 74-72 in an intense affair Sunday in Montreal

"It was a great game, a great learning experience in the heat of battle," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said.

Lavon Long had given Siena a 72-71 lead with a putback following two missed free throws with 12 seconds to play.

The Saints fell behind 20-8, but used an aggressive pressing defense to claw back in the game.

All 10 Siena players who saw action scored, led by Wright who had 17 points on 18 shots. The Saints shot 50% in the second half after making just 35% of their tries in the first half and made 6-8 3-pointers in the game. Ryan Oliver had nine points on 3-4 shooting from distance.   

Vincent Dufort had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for McGill. Dufort's 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play put the Redmen up 71-69.

Siena next plays Queens University (Ontario) at 7:30 p.m. Monday night.

Game 2

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The Siena men's basketball team is warming up for its 2 p.m. game against McGill University. The Redmen won the RSEQ (Quebec Athletic) conference last season and posted a 24-10 overall record. The Saints are coming off an 88-78 win over the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) last night. UQAM had a losing record in the RSEQ last season.

 McGill has played two US opponents this week, losing 83-77 to Sacred Heart on Tuesday and 80-40 to Syracuse on Wednesday. The Pioneers and Orange each went undefeated on their Canadian tours (though SU needed OT to hold off national power Carleton 69-65 Friday night).

Same starters as last night for the Saints: Wright (PG), Hymes (SG), Poole (SF), Bisping (PF) and Silas (C).

Follow our twitter page for live game updates, and check back here later this afternoon for a complete recap, highlights and postgame reaction.

Mary, Queen of the World

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The Siena men's basketball team attended mass at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal this morning. Here, a priest poses for a photo with the team donned in the church's official colors: Green and Gold! The priests were very happy to have the team attend the service. The Saints play at McGill University at 2 p.m.

Highlights from Siena's win Over UQAM

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Siena Postgame Reaction (UQAM Win)

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