March 1, 2013
Adam Kemp scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and O.D. Anosike was forced to watch his final game at Times Union Center from the bench - a 76-74 Marist win that disappointed 6,561 fans in downtown Albany.
"I'm most disappointed we didn't get a win for (O.D.)," Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "But he can hold his head high; he's had a great career."
Anosike - the lone senior on this year's Siena team - has played in all 125 games in his career, but after tying the game at 68-68 on a conventional 3-point play with 3:18 on the clock he grabbed his left hamstring and was forced to the bench with dehydration. He returned with 54 seconds to play, but left again for the final time 30 seconds later. He still scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Siena had two chances to tie the game late, but Davis Martens missed the backend of a one-and-one with 27 seconds left and Evan Hymes misfired on a 3-pointer with 20 on the clock. After Rob Poole hit a 3-pointer to pull Siena within 75-74 with five seconds to play, Manny Thomas made 1-2 free throws and Poole's half court heave to win it hit off the left side of the backboard.
The Saints and Red Foxes have combined to go 16-42 this season, but they've played two competitive, highly entertaining games. There's a high probability for a rubber match in the First Round of the MAAC Championships next Friday.
"Just a great basketball game," Buonaguro said. "I thought it was our best offensive game of the season. I'm really encouraged by the way our offense played."
The Saints had more assists (17) than turnovers (10) for just the second time all season, the only other coming in the first meeting. They shot 48% from the floor, had five players score nine points or more and made 14-16 free throws.
Marist was just a bit better.
The Red Foxes shot 54% from the field. Kemp was much more assertive than he was in the first meeting - a 79-75 Siena win in Poughkeepsie. The 6-10 junior had seven dunks, his last three coming on alley-oops.
Price provided the outside firepower, draining 4-6 3-pointers on his way to 18 points.
Marist led 66-60 with 4:56 left before Siena rallied to tie the game for the 11th and final time at 70-70 on a Davis Martens' jumper with 2:27 left.
Martens had his third straight monster game, ending with 13 points and seven rebounds. Trenity Burdine continued his hot play with a career-high 17 points, and Rob Poole played his best game in weeks with 14 points, three assists and no turnovers. Evan Hymes returned to the point tallying six assists and two turnovers.
Siena completes regular-season play Sunday at 2 p.m. against Iona.