Feb. 20, 2005
Freshman Jack McClinton scored a career-high 30 points as Siena dictated tempo and controlled the action all afternoon in a surprising 78-69 win over visiting Rider Sunday afternoon. Senior Brent Sniezyk and freshman Al Fisher added double-doubles for the ever-improving Saints.
Rider scored the first five points of the game, but Siena answered with a decisive 16-0 run to take command of the game early. McClinton had his way with Rider's senior-laden backcourt all afternoon, continually beating the experienced Broncs off the dribble to generate scoring opportunities. He made good on 9-of-14 field goal attempts and 9-of-10 free throws.
Siena shot a season-best 51% from the floor, and held Rider to just 35%. The Saints out rebounded the Broncs, 41-31.
Jerry Johnson scored 21 points for Rider, but was forced to take 26 shots and 18 3-pointers in a desperate attempt to pull his team back into the game. The Broncs trimmed the margin to 31-28 late in the first half, but got no closer than four in the final stanza. Johnson's long three from the top-of-the key closed the gap to 70-66 with 1:10 left, but McClinton made four consecutive free throws to seal the game.
Senior Brent Sniezyk continued his improved play with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the final game of his career on the Pepsi Arena floor. He put an exclamation mark on his career with an emphatic finish on an alley-oop from Al Fisher. Tommy Mitchell (9 points) and Gary Holle (six points) also played their final home games Sunday.
Edwin Muniz scored 17 points and added seven rebounds off the bench for Rider. Robert Taylor had 11 points.
Fisher scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds to account for his first career double-double in an electrifying 37 minutes of action. McClinton's 30 points were the most by a Saint since Prosper Karangwa scored 31 in the Opening Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Although the win was just the second for Siena in its last 15 contests, the Saints have been within striking distance in the game's waning moments in each of their last seven outings.
The Saints close the regular-season at Loyola on Thursday and at Iona on Sunday.