SMITHFIELD, RI -- A 54-point bench performance propelled Siena Basketball past Bryant 87-68 in the Houzz Gotham Classic presented by TicketIQ at the Chace Athletic Center. Four Saints -- including three reserves -- scored in double figures in a balanced team effort.
Siena (3-8) shot 52% from the field and made 12 threes to tie for the program's most in nearly 12 years since connecting for 13 in a win vs. Canisius on Jan. 22, 2006. The Saints also exploited Bryant's (1-11) struggling interior, which entered play ranked 348th out of 351 Division I programs in rebound margin (-11.5) and 343rd in total rebounding (30.4). Siena cleaned the glass to the tune of a 42-21 advantage, which aided a 20-5 margin in second chance points.
Freshman guard Roman Penn narrowly missed a double-double as he posted season-highs of 19 points, nine rebounds, and three steals while adding four assists for the Saints which recorded their eighth straight win over a current Northeast Conference school. Junior guard Nico Clareth paced the reserves with 19 points of his own to go along with a season-high tying seven rebounds for Siena which snapped a six-game road losing streak dating back to last season.
Sebastian Townes scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting to lead the Bulldogs which have dropped seven straight -- all by double figures -- and by an average margin of 21.9 points. Bosko Kostur added 17 points, and Ikenna Ndugba contributed 13 for Bryant.
The Saints led virtually throughout and by as many as 21 points. Siena reeled off 14 straight points early on to claim a 21-9 lead and never looked back. The Saints shot 53% in the opening stanza as they claimed a 46-36 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs rallied as close as eight on the opening basket of the second half, but freshmen Jordan Horn and Penn answered with back-to-back threes and Siena led by double figures the rest of the way. Horn, who had totaled just 17 points over his first 10 collegiate games, broke out for a season-high 12 points in 14 minutes off the bench.
Khalil Richard rounded out the Saints' double figure scorers with 10 points off the pine for Siena whose reserves outscored Bryant's bench 54-11. All five Siena reserves who played made key impacts as red-shirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen scored seven points and added five rebounds, while junior forward Evan Fisher contributed six points and a career-best nine rebounds.
The Saints play their fourth and final game in the Gotham Classic Wednesday when they travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).