O.D. Anosike had another big game for the Saints Friday night
Feb. 8, 2013
MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Erik Etherly scored a season-high 25 points and Loyola used a decisive 10-0 run midway through the second half to take a 46-37 lead on its way to a 63-51 win over Siena in a nationally televised game Friday night in Baltimore.
It was the second straight game Siena lost in the final 10 minutes, and the second straight season Loyola pulled away late in this building.
"We were playing well, I thought," Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "We were really in control of the tempo, playing the game in the high 50's, low 60's. I thought the kids really did some nice things. Then the press got to us, they made that little run. The turnovers got us."
O.D. Anosike had 16 points and 16 rebounds - his 14th double-double of the season - in a losing effort for the Saints.
Siena grabbed its only lead of the second half, 38-37, on a Rob Poole bank shot with 10:41 to play. Loyola's run followed and the Saints never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Siena turned the ball over 19 times, playing the bulk of the game without starting point guard Evan Hymes who injured his thigh five minutes into the game. The Saints hung tough against the defending MAAC Champions despite playing without Hymes and being plagued with foul trouble for the first time all season.
Anosike had three fouls at halftime and eventually fouled out. Trenity Burdine and Rob Poole each drew two first half fouls, forcing Buonaguro to use different rotations. Siena trailed just 30-27 at the break, dominating Loyola 21-12 on the glass in the first 20 minutes.
Loyola shot just 39% for the game, but they scored 24 points off Siena's 19 turnovers.
Siena falls to 4-9 in the MAAC. They face Saint Peter's Sunday at 2 p.m. in Jersey City.