Dec. 11, 2004
Antoine Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds helping Siena to a 59-56 MAAC win over visiting Iona Saturday. The Saints limited the Gaels to just 23% from the floor, and hauled down 50 rebounds to secure their first win of the season.
"In a way, it's kind of bittersweet," Head Coach Rob Lanier said in reference to his reaction to the team's first win. "I'm proud for the kids, and it gives us a frame of reference, but at the same time, it is disappointing to know (our first win) would have come sooner had we given this effort throughout our first seven games.
Iona (2-6/0-2 MAAC) had a chance to tie the game, but Kiril Wachsmann and Ricky Soliver each missed three pointers in the final 15 seconds of the game. Soliver led all players with 23 points. Steve Burtt added 18 in a losing effort.
Junior Michael Haddix scored 11 points for the Saints (1-7/1-1 MAAC), reaching double figures for the 17th straight game. Freshman point guard Kojo Mensah came off the bench for the first time this season, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds, despite spending Friday night on crutches after aggravating a knee injury in practice.
The Gaels scored 11 of the game's first 14 points as the Saints fell behind big early for the third time in the last four games. Siena rallied to take its first lead of the game, 20-19, on a Jordan free throw. They held the one-point advantage at the break.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball, particularly from the free throw line. The Saints converted just 22 of their 39 attempts from the line (57%), while Iona made good on only 22 of 39 (56%). The two teams combined for 61 fouls and 99 rebounds.
Siena looks toward building a new streak at Youngstown State on Tuesday evening.