RIVERDALE, NY -- Manhattan forced 25 turnovers -- including six over the final 2:58 -- and ended the game on a 13-4 run to fend off Siena Basketball 72-61 at Draddy Gymnasium. Freshman guard Jordan Horn scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to pace the Saints.
Rich Williams scored a game-high 21 points and became the third active Manhattan (9-9, 4-2) player to eclipse 1,000 career points for the veteran-led Jaspers which shot 57% from the field in the second half in improving to 5-1 at home. Zavier Turner added 13 points for Manhattan, as the home team won for the 15th time in the past 17 meetings between the longtime MAAC rivals.
Freshman forward Prince Oduro tallied 13 points, and red-shirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen tied a career-high with 11 points off the bench for Siena (5-14, 1-5) which fell to 1-13 in night games and 1-9 in road contests.
The Jaspers, who lead the MAAC in turnovers forced, turned the Saints over 13 times in the first half while limiting Siena to just 17 shot attempts. Manhattan held the Saints without a made field goal for 10:17 -- and without a field goal attempt for 5:09 -- but Siena converted 12 of their 15 free throw attempts in the opening stanza to stay close. However, Jaspers' reserve Patrick Strzala beat the halftime buzzer with a rushed top of the key three to give Manhattan a 30-26 lead at the break.
Horn scored 10 points to fuel an early 13-2 second half run to put the Saints back in front 39-36 with 15:02 to go. But the Jaspers responded with six of the next eight points to claim their final lead at 42-41 with 12:55 remaining. Manhattan would lead by no more than four points heading into the waning minutes, and just 59-57 following a pair of Horn free throws with 3:57 left. However, the Jaspers would score the next six points and turn Siena over on each of their next four possessions to seal the deal.
Pauly Paulicap tallied 12 points and reserve Aaron Walker, Jr. added 10 points, four assists, and four steals for Manhattan which swiped 11 as a team and scored 20 of their points off Saints' turnovers.
Siena returns to the Capital Region for its only home game during a five-game stretch Thursday, when the Saints host I-87 rival Marist in a men's and women's basketball doubleheader at the Times Union Center. The women tip-off the action at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.