Feb. 1, 2005
Jack McClinton scored 18 points and Antoine Jordan posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Siena rallied to upset Manhattan 68-66 before a spirited 5,043 fans in Albany's Pepsi Arena Tuesday night. Jeff Xavier connected on five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points for Manhattan in defeat.
Siena started the second half with a 16-2 run to take an eight-point lead, matching its largest advantage of the game on a David Ryan 3-pointer. The spurt forced Manhattan into its final timeout, which proved vital down the stretch.
Down 67-60 with 1:39 remaining, Manhattan rallied to close the deficit to 68-66 on consecutive threes by Xavier. After Ryan missed a three on the other end, Peter Mulligan was fouled with 11 seconds left and sent to the line with a chance to tie the game.
Mulligan missed both free throws, the second of which trickled out of bounds off the Jaspers. Manhattan would have one final chance, as Tay Fisher stepped out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left to give the Jaspers a final chance. Without a timeout, Mulligan was forced into a hurried jumper that missed well long.
The difference on this night was the Saints inside muscle. Brent Sniezyk finished the game with 12 rebounds and eight points, four of which came on thunderous jams.
Mulligan finished with 10 points after scoring 36 against the Saints in Riverdale in a 15-point win in December. Freshman CJ Anderson rounded out Manhattan's double-digit scorers with 15.
Tay Fisher and David Ryan had 10 points apiece for Siena, which had been beaten by 10 points or more in four of its last five home games. It was the Saints first MAAC win since December 11 against Iona.
Reenergized Siena travels to Western N.Y. this weekend to play Canisius (Saturday) and Niagara (Monday).