ALBANY, NY – Siena Basketball led throughout and by as many as 29 points in a 94-71 rout of Manhattan at the Times Union Center. Five players scored in double figures for the Saints, which shot a season-best 57.7% from the field to complete the program’s first regular season series sweep of the Jaspers in seven years.
Sophomore guard Nico Clareth came off the bench to lead a balanced attack with 20 points on 7-12 shooting including 5-8 from three for Siena (13-15, 10-7) which moved within a half game of Iona for third, and just one game back of Saint Peter’s for second place in the MAAC Standings with three conference regular season contests remaining. Clareth has averaged 15.8 points while coming off the bench to score in double figures in all four games since returning from a seven-game leave of absence.
Senior guard Marquis Wright continued his torrid start to February by adding 18 points and six assists for the Saints which have won 13 of the past 14 against Manhattan (9-19, 4-13) at the Times Union Center. The reigning MAAC Player of the Week is now averaging 23.4 points and 6.0 assists in five games this month.
Siena opened the game on a 24-11 run and never looked back. The Saints took a 41-29 lead at the break, and opened the second half on a 9-1 run to push their lead to 20 and cruised home from there. Siena was lights out on the offensive end in the final stanza, shooting 65.2% (15-23) from the field in scoring a season-high 53 second half points.
Red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping tallied his ninth double-double of the season for the Saints which snapped a three-game skid at the Times Union Center. Seniors Javion Ogunyemi and Lavon Long rounded out the double figure scorers with 17 and 14 points, respectively, for Siena which out-rebounded the Jaspers 34-21.
Zavier Turner led Manhattan with 20 points, while Zane Waterman added 17 and Thomas Capuano 16 for the Jaspers which have dropped seven of its eight MAAC road games.
The Saints return to action Saturday when they conclude their season long, three-game homestand vs. Niagara. Tip-off is slated for a special time of 8 p.m.