Siena held Navy without a field goal in overtime, and got 17 points and 12 rebounds from O.D. Anosike to give head coach Mitch Buonaguro his 100th career victory Sunday in Annapolis. The Midshipmen scored the final six points of regulation, including a long jumper by Jerome Alexander with 20 seconds left to force the extra session.
"These are the kind of games we can build from," Anosike said after the win. "We had to fight and find a way, and that's what we did."
Anosike and the Saints led 47-41 with one minute to play in regulation, but Tilman Dunbar scored on a driving layup to cut the lead to four, and then made a jumper to make it a one possession game after an Evan Hymes' turnover. The Saints turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds, setting up Alexander's tying basket.
Ryan Oliver misfired on a hurried 3-pointer that would have won the game for Siena in the final seconds.
Anosike made the first field goal of the extra session with just 1:22 on the clock after soaring for an offensive rebound. The basket put the Saints up 49-48, and after a key stop on the other end, Hymes drained two free throws to make it a three point game with less than a minute to play.
Navy had two chances to tie the game, but Kendall Kroll and Brandon Venturini each missed 3-pointers. Oliver got a hand on Venturini's attempt with 11 seconds on the clock, and Imoh Silas ripped the rebound and made a free throw to seal the outcome.
Silas was a huge factor in the game for Siena, grabbing 12 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. He and Anosike combined to make 8-10 field goals, while the rest of the Saints shot just 10-45 from the field.
Rob Poole stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals despite making just 3-12 field goals. Hymes made just 2-16 shots from the floor, including 1-11 3-pointers, but he went 4-5 from the line down the stretch and played 43 minutes.
Navy got 13 points and five assists from freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar. The Midshipmen had lost 22 straight games before topping Division III Marymount in their season-opener Friday night.
It marked the 30th double-double of Anosike's career. He was held to just one point in last year's season-opening Siena win over Navy.
Siena limited the Midshipmen to just 33% shooting and 49 points after holding Vermont to 33% and 54 points in a one-point loss in Albany Friday night.
The Saints head across the country to America's other Naval port San Diego where they will play in the NUCDF Basketball Challenge starting Friday night against Cal State Northridge.