Men's Basketball
Siena Falls Behind Big Early in 78-66 Loss to Saint Joseph's
Maurice White had 10 points and five rebounds in 12 minutes Friday night
Maurice White had 10 points and five rebounds in 12 minutes Friday night

Nov. 29, 2013

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Saint Joseph's jumped out to a 14-1 lead and led by double-figures the rest of the way in a 78-66 win over Siena Friday night in the Old Spice Classic. The Saints will play Purdue for the second time in seven days Sunday at 5 p.m. in the seventh place game on ESPN3.

"That's the danger of playing Memphis, it takes a lot out of you," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said.

Siena trailed by as many as 24 late in the first half, but out-scored the Hawks 40-32 after the break and cut the lead to 11 late.

Langston Galloway had 27 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead Saint Joseph's which shot 52% from the field and 53% from distance.

Siena got 13 points from Lavon Long, 12 from Rob Poole and 10 from Maurice White. Marquis Wright had seven points, six assists and six steals. The Saints out-rebounded the Hawks 38-30 (24-12 in the second half), but committed 17 turnovers.

"We can't keep turning the ball over for scores," Patsos said.

The Saints had been playing their best basketball in the first half, but they didn't score their first field goal Friday night until Poole hit a three-pointer nearly seven minutes in. Poole made his first three three-pointers to keep Siena within shouting distance, but misfired on the next three he attempted and went just 3-11 from the field after going 3-15 in a loss to Memphis Thursday night.

"I wish I made more shots," Poole said. "I'm not the most athletic guy, but those were shots I can make."

Ronald Roberts added 19 points in 29 minutes for Saint Joseph's which shook off a 17-point loss to LSU Thursday and advances to play Washington State in the fifth place game Sunday at noon.

Siena scored the last four points of the first half and the first seven of the second to close within 48-35 with 16:01 to play, changing the complexion of the game.

"I'm proud that we won the second half," Patsos said. "We got it together a little bit."

Patsos said the Saints aren't discouraged by the back-to-back double-digit losses and remain focused on the upcoming conference season.

"The Old Spice Classic is one of the top Tournament's in the country," he said. "It just shows you how far we have to go. I know (our players) don't want to lose. I know they don't want to be embarrassed, but their learning."

Siena played Purdue tough last Sunday, falling 81-73 in West Lafayette.



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