Feb. 7, 2014
Saint Peter's used a 10-0 run to break open a close game late, pulling away for a 66-53 win over Siena Friday night in Jersey City. Siena's leading scorers Rob Poole and Evan Hymes were held scoreless, and head coach Jimmy Patsos was ejected after picking up his second technical with 4:41 to play.
"I'll take the blame as far as getting ejected," Patsos said after the game. "I just wanted to cover that, because I'm not afraid to stick up for my players. It's my job to stick up for the players when I think there's an injustice being done."
Ryan Oliver scored a career high 15 points in defeat, and his personal 8-0 run gave Siena a 33-31 lead with 14:47 left. Saint Peter's scored the next five points, and although Siena rallied to tie the game twice - the last time at 40-40 with 10:11 remaining - they never led again.
Marvin Dominique's three-point play with 2:40 on the clock ended the decisive 10-run, giving Saint Peter's a 58-46 lead with 2:40 to play.
"I thought we competed really well," Patsos said. "Rob Poole didn't score and Evan Hymes didn't score, and you wouldn't think we'd be in a game if those two don't score. But we didn't quit. We kept playing. Our young guys kept playing and we had chances to win."
Dominique had 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to pace Saint Peter's which lost to Siena 63-47 in Albany on January 23. Desi Washington led all players with 18 points. Brett Bisping chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds for Siena and Lavon Long added 10 points.
The Saints were out-rebounded for the fourth straight game. They dominated the Peacocks 48-29 on the glass in Albany. It was also Siena's fourth straight loss to Saint Peter's at the Yanitelli Center.
The Saints fall into a sixth place tie with Marist in the MAAC standings at 6-7, a full two games behind Rider for the critical fifth spot. The top five seeds earn a bye into the quarterfinals of next month's MAAC Championships.
Fairfield comes to Albany Monday night at 7 p.m.