JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Reserve Cameron Jones scored 11 of his game-high 14 points in the second half and freshman guard Elijah Gonzales posted his first collegiate double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists to propel Saint Peter's past Siena Basketball 65-48 at the Yanitelli Center on the final day of the regular season. Red-shirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen scored all of his team-high 11 points in the first half while freshman forward Prince Oduro scored all 10 of his points in the final stanza to pace the Saints.
Siena (8-23, 4-14) will be the No. 10 seed in the MAAC Tournament and face seven-seed Quinnipiac in the First Round Thursday night at approximately 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The Bobcats swept the regular season series, winning 71-70 in Albany on New Year's Day and 76-69 on Jan. 21 in Hamden.
Saint Peter's (12-17, 6-12) shot 55% in the second half to lock up the No. 9 seed and a date with eighth seeded Monmouth in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament Thursday night at 5 p.m. Meanwhile the Peacocks -- which lead the MAAC in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense -- limited Siena to just 32.7% shooting to win its eighth straight between the programs in Jersey City.
The Saints swiped nine steals in the first half which aided a 14-4 run to give Siena its biggest lead at 19-12 with 6:42 remaining in the stanza. The Saints turned Saint Peter's over 12 times in the first half, leading to 14 points off turnovers.
But the Peacocks responded with the next 14 points, and held Siena scoreless until Smithen beat the halftime buzzer with a running three to pull the Saints within 26-22 at the break.
Saint Peter's slowly extended its lead to double digits midway through the second half. Siena pulled within nine with 9:27 to go, however the Peacocks answered with an 11-2 run to put the game away as the home team prevailed for the 11th time in the past 12 matchups between the programs.
Smithen swiped a career-high five of the Saints' season-high 10 steals to highlight the defense. Sophomore guard Ahsante Shivers added eight points off the bench to round out Siena's leading scorers.
Quinn Taylor contributed 10 points for Saint Peter's which shot 10-22 from three and committed just four second half turnovers.