Feb. 10, 2013
Saint Peter's out-scored Siena 40-23 in the second half, rallying from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 72-62 win Sunday afternoon in Jersey City. Siena's O.D. Anosike grabbed his 1,000th career rebound in the first half, becoming the third Saint and ninth MAAC Player to reach that benchmark.
"We just couldn't make shots," Anosike said. "It's frustrating."
Siena's senior star had 16 points and nine rebounds at halftime, helping the Saints to a 39-32 lead at the break. He grabbed his milestone rebound with 10:04 to play in the first half. Anosike became just the third active Division I player to join the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club joining Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi and Fordham's Chris Gaston.
The second half was a different story.
Saint Peter's scored eight of the first 10 points after intermission to get back in the game, and they switched to a zone defense that smothered Anosike and the Saints.
"We just haven't figured out a way to win a close game on the road," Saints' coach Mitch Buonaguro said.
Siena has lost 17 of its last 19 MAAC road games dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
The game turned with 3:27 left. Siena scored six straight to get within 55-54 and Trenity Burdine appeared to score the go-ahead basket, but Anosike inadvertently knocked the ball back up through the hoop. Saint Peter's secured the rebound and Darius Conley converted a conventional 3-point play on the other end to go back up four.
Desi Washington scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for Saint Peter's and he made all 10 of his free throws. Anosike led Siena with 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Rakeem Brookins chipped in 15.
Siena drops into a tie for eighth place with Marist, just a game up on the Peacocks with four league games left.
The Saints return to action Thursday night at Fairfield in a game that tips at 8:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN3.