Quinnipiac Stuns Siena in OT, 103-95

Marquis Wright had his first career double-double (photo courtesy SportsThroughTheLens.com)

Feb. 1, 2014

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Quinnipiac took advantage of a school-record 40 Siena fouls and rallied from nine points down with 3:16 left in regulation to post an improbable 103-95 win Saturday night in Albany. The Bobcats went 47-for-65 from the free throw line as six Siena players fouled out. The 47 free throws made were the most in a Division I game this season and the 65 attempted tied the DI record.

Quinnipiac drew even on Umar Shannon's three-point play with 28 seconds left and Siena could only manage a desperation half-court heave after losing control on the final possession of regulation. Heading into overtime with five Saints having already fouled out including big men Imoh Silas, Brett Bisping, Javion Ogunyemi and Lavon Long, Quinnipiac drew free for the eight-point win.

Siena seemed in firm command after Rob Poole's long three-pointer with 3:16 made it 83-74, but the Bobcats reeled off eight straight to close within one on Ike Azotam's three-point play with 1:12 to play. Brett Bisping scored as the shot clock expired off a nice Evan Hymes' feed on Siena's ensuing possession to make it 85-82, but Umar Shannon rebounded his own miss and drew contact on the put back to even things at 85-85.

Neither team called timeout and Maqruis Wright held the ball for a final shot as the 6,415 fans in Albany rose to their feet, but Wright lost control on a crossover at the top-of-the-key, and when Poole gathered the loose ball near midcourt, he was forced to let go a desperation heave.

Nine players reached double figures and Quinnipiac became the first team to break the century mark against Siena since Niagara did it on February 27, 2009. It was the most combined points in a Siena game since a 111-91 loss to TCU on November 24, 2000, and the second most points Siena has allowed at Times Union Center - dating back to a 106-90 loss to LaSalle in the 1990 MAAC Tournament - just the second game the Saints ever played in the building.

Poole poured in 26 points to pace all players. Bisping equaled a career-high with 20 points, and Wright eclipsed his with 18 - all of them coming after intermission. Wright also managed the first double-double of his career adding 10 assists against just one turnover. Lavon Long tied his career-best with 16 points, and the eight Silas scored were his most in 12 games.

Siena lost despite doubling up Quinnipiac 52-26 in points in the paint and scoring its most points since a 99-79 win over Brown on November 28, 2009. It was the most points the Saints had scored in a loss since falling 105-103 at Penn State in the 2000 NIT.

The Bobcats got 25 points from Zaid Hearst, the third straight game he's reached that benchmark. Shannon had 21 points, Ike Azotam chipped in 19 and Ousmane Drame finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Siena saw its season-long three-game win streak come to an end, and fell to 1-5 against the top-five teams in the conference. They'll try to get back on track Friday night at Saint Peter's.