Saints in Deep Freeze
Dec. 29, 2012
Ramon Galloway and the La Salle Explorers turned Times Union Center into their personal playground Saturday night, dismantling struggling Siena 80-52 in snowy Albany. O.D. Anosike became the 38th Saint to reach 1,000 points in the loss, and posted his nation-leading 10th double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
At halftime, Siena retired Fred Shear's No. 50 jersey. Shear became just the fourth former Saint to have his jersey retired, joining Billy Harrell, Marc Brown and Kenny Hasbrouck.
The 28-point loss marked the Saints' (2-11) second worst defeat in 273 games played at Times Union Center, dating back to a 91-57 loss to Rhode Island on November 23, 1996.
Siena saw its losing streak reach nine games, the program's longest since a 10-game slide during their six-win 2004-05 campaign. The Saints have lost their first five home games for the first time ever.
"It's a game that really got away from us," head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "They're by far the best team we've played. Nobody's defended us like that all year."
Siena trailed from start-to-finish for the third straight game, and fell behind by as many as 34 points in the second half.
Galloway scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half - all on 3-pointers - helping La Salle (9-2) to a comfortable 39-24 lead at halftime. The Explorers used a 21-5 run over the first four and a half minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.
La Salle made 63% (17-27) of its field goals in the second half, and connected on 13-28 3-pointers against Siena's zone defense.
"I thought that was our best game of the season," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
The loss was Siena's fourth to an Atlantic 10 school this season, and 11th straight dating back to 2010.
The Saints will try to turn their season around when they resume MAAC play here Friday night against Iona. Siena has defeated the Gaels 10 straight years at Times Union Center, one of the few streaks they hope to continue.