Marist Sneaks Past Siena 61-55

Feb. 18, 2005

Box Score

Will McClurkin scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as Marist rallied past Siena 61-55 in Loudonville. It was the 13th loss in 14 tries for Siena which equaled a program record for losses in a season with 22.

Siena (4-22/2-13 MAAC) took a 34-30 lead to the locker room after controlling the action for the majority of the first stanza. The lead reached five at 47-42 on a Jack McClinton jumper with 11:27 left in the game before Marist answered with the game's next nine of the game's next 11 points to assume its first lead since early in the first half.

Brandon Ellerbee's three from the top of the key tied the game at 47-47, and McClurkin's turn-around jumper gave the Red Foxes the lead with 6:34 remaining.

The Saints closed the gap to 58-55, and had a chance to tie the game with 20 seconds remaining after Ben farmer missed the front end of a one-and-one. Al Fisher raced toward the basket and fired a wild reverse layup on the other end. Carl Hood snagged the rebound for Marist and sank both free throws after being fouled to seal the Saints fate.

McClinton scored 16 points to lead all Siena players, but converted just 6-of-15 field goal attempts. Tommy Mitchell scored 14 in a losing effort.

The six point spread matched the largest lead for either team all night. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Red Foxes and head coach Matt Brady, a1987 Siena alum.