Dec. 9, 2008
Siena used a 16-0 run to turn a one point deficit into an insurmountable lead midway through the second half and coasted home with its third straight win - a 77-60 MAAC triumph over rival Marist at Times Union Center Tuesday night.
Alex Franklin scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ryan Rossiter had eight of his 10 points in the second half to pace the Saints. Siena held Marist scoreless from the 11:06 mark of the second half until Javon Paris' jumper with just 2:21 to go.
Marist shot 63% from the field in the first half, but trailed 39-37 at the break as a result of its inability to handle Siena's pressure defense. The Red Foxes committed 17 of their 26 turnovers before the intermission in a bizarre half that featured eight ties and eight lead changes.
Paris gave the Red Foxes their last lead of the game, 58-57, on a layup with 11:06 left.
Ryan Schneider led the visitors with 11 points, nine of which came on second half 3-pointers. Dejuan Goodwin finished with 10 points.
Franklin made 9-18 field goals and was a major reason the Saints controlled a 28-8 edge in second half points in the paint and a 22-13 advantage in second half rebounds.
The Saints entered the game ranked 32nd nationally in turnovers forced and the team was averaging over 18 points per game off their opponents' miscues. Both numbers will improve dramatically after tonight.
The win completed an arduous stretch in which the Saints played six games in 12-days and included a program-long 9-day road trip. Siena will now break eight days for finals riding a season-long three-game winning streak.
#3/3 Pitt awaits December 17 at the Petersen Center in a nationally televised game at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2HD.