Dec. 1, 2013
Purdue took its first lead of the game on a breakaway dunk by Basil Smotherman with 27 seconds left as Siena saw a 16-point second half lead slip away in a 68-63 loss to the Boilermakers on the final day of play in the Old Spice Classic.
Purdue scored the final nine points of the game after Evan Hymes' three-point play put the Saints up 63-59 with 1:33 to play.
"At some point, you got to win," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "At halftime I said `You're doing great, but it's 20 minutes, let's get another twenty.'"
Unfortunately for the Saints, that didn't happen.
Siena led 43-30 at halftime after shooting 62% from the field and forcing nine turnovers with seven steals.
The lead reached 48-32 when Rob Poole hit one of his four three-pointers, but Purdue scored 10 of the next 12 points to close within 50-46 at the 10:16 mark.
Poole scored 12 of Siena's 20 points in the second half, but fouled out with Siena leading 60-53 and 5:08 to play. The Boilermakers out-scored the Saints 15-3 from that point on.
A.J. Hammons led Purdue with 16 points and nine rebounds, and with 18 seconds left he blocked a Hymes drive, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to ice the game.
Siena got 17 points from Poole and Hymes. Hymes had 14 of his 17 in the first half after scoring a game-high 18 points in the Saints' 81-73 loss at Purdue last Sunday. Siena also lost to Purdue in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Saints were looking for their first win over a Big Ten school since upending Ohio State 74-72 in double overtime in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Lavon Long had 10 points for the Saints before fouling out for the fifth time this season with 7:42 left. Foul trouble was an issue all day again for Siena. In addition to Poole and Long fouling out, Brett Bisping had four fouls in the first half and Imoh Silas was limited to 21 minutes in the game. The Boilermakers out-scored the Saints 21-13 from the free throw line.
Siena has six days off after playing three games in four days. They open MAAC play at Niagara Friday night.