Evan Hymes scored 30 points, the most by a Siena freshman since Jack McClinton reached the same number in a 2005 win over Rider, and depleted Siena continued its surprising start with a surprisingly easy 65-53 win at Mount St. Mary's Saturday night.
Siena trailed 6-0 after a pair threes by Julian Northfleet, but the Saints scored 30 of the next 36 points and never looked back. Hymes had 16 points at the break, equaling Mount St. Mary's total, and the Saints took a 16-point lead to the locker room.
Hymes finished the game 9-17 from the field and 9-14 from the free throw line. He may have tacked on a few more points had he not cramped up with 40 seconds to play. Jim Secratarski was the last Siena freshman to top 30 points in a game, notching 36 in a home win over Iona in 1995.
Hymes was the clear story of the win, but Siena's stingy defense was a major factor as well. For the second time in as many games this season, the Saints held their opponent under 60 points. With a depleted roster, that type of defensive effort will be key to future success.
The Mountaineers managed just 30% (18-for-60) from the field, including 26% (7-27) from 3-point range.
The Saints frontline made sure those misses didn't turn into second chance opportunities. OD Anosike led all players with 14 rebounds, while front court mate Brandon Walters continued his stellar start with 11 points and 12 boards, marking the first double double of his career.
Siena also got eight points off the bench from freshman Davonte Beard, and five from classmate Rob Poole who made a spot start for senior Owen Wignot. Wignot made the trip, but did not dress tonight after suffering a head injury in the opener.
Northfleet led the Mountaineers with 16 points, but made just 5-14 3-pointers. Point guard Josh Castellanos scored 15 and had five rebounds. The Mountaineers cut the lead to nine with 7:10 to play, and again under double digits with 46 seconds left, but never seriously threatened.
Siena has little time to celebrate its fast start. The Saints host St. Bonaventure Monday night at Times Union Center, play at Georgia Tech Wednesday, and at Vermont Saturday.