Rakeem Brookins gave Saints fans something to look forward to with his performance Saturday.
Nov. 3, 2012
O.D. Anosike had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Rakeem Brookins had 18 points and five assists in Siena's 76-55 exhibition victory over Division III Skidmore Saturday in the ARC.
The Saints led by double digits the entire second half after taking a 37-27 lead to the lockerroom.
Skidmore hung tough behind a game-high 26 points from Connor Merrill. The Thoroughbreds closed the gap to 52-41 with 9:52 to play, but Siena scored the next nine points to put the game away.
Rob Poole scored all 12 of his points in the final nine minutes, including the Saints' last eight of the game.
Freshmen Ryan Oliver and Rich Audu each scored six points and played a combined 40 minutes. Oliver started at the off-guard, and Brookins slid over to run the point with Evan Hymes sitting out the game with a sore foot.
Anosike scored 16 of Siena's 28 points in the paint, as undersized Skidmore was surprisingly competitive inside. Siena used five post players beyond Anosike, and as a group they combined for just four points and nine rebounds.
Brookins play was encouraging. The red-shirt sophomore sat out last season with a back injury, but showed no lasting effects Saturday. Classmate Trenity Burdine provided the play of the game with a tomahawk jam late that ignited the ARC crowd of 1,020.
Siena begins regular-season play Friday night against Vermont in the backend of a doubleheader with the Siena women. The women face Fairleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m.