March 9, 2013
Niagara scored the first 10 points of the second half and Siena never fully recovered in a 74-62 season-ending loss in the MAAC Quarterfinals Saturday in Springfield, Mass. O.D. Anosike posted his 46th career double-double - 13 points and 10 rebounds - in his final game as a Saint.
"It's been a great four years," Anosike said. "If I could do it all over again, I would. I came in here an 18 year old kid, and I'm leaving a 22-year old man. Nobody wants the season to end, (but) Siena has really prepared me to do other things. The academics and the athletics are second to none."
Anosike and the Saints trailed just 32-31 at halftime, but Marvin Jordan hit a 3-pointer and Anoine Mason scored the next seven points to push the Purple Eagles' lead to 11.
Siena hung tough, using an 8-0 run to close within 47-45 on Rakeem Brookins' 3-pointer with 11:33 to play, but they couldn't get over the hump.
Niagara held a 63-58 lead after Anosike's layup with 4:20 left, but they scored the next four to push the lead to nine and Siena didn't threaten again.
"We really fought hard today," Ansoike said. "Niagara's a team that can really hurt you in a multitude of ways."
Mason scored a game-high 21 points and classmate Juan'ya Green finished with 15, including a decisive 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining.
Siena shot 50% and had 14 assists, but tied a season-high with 20 turnovers. The Saints limited Niagara to 40%, including just 33% in the first half, but the Purple Eagles turned it over just seven times and scored 32 points off turnovers.
Free throw shooting as also key. Siena shot 9-18 from the stripe and Niagara made 22-27 tries.
Anosike finishes his stellar career with 1,076 rebounds, the second most in program history (Ryan Rossiter '10 - 1,151), and 1,259 points, 23rd on the all-time charts.
The Saints equaled a program-record with 24 losses this year.