Aug. 23, 2003
The Saints closed the first quarter on a 19-0 run and never looked back en route to a convincing 102-65 romp of the University of LaSalle/Cancun in Mexico Friday night. Seven Siena players scored at least nine points and all 10 Saints scored in the team's best effort to date in Mexico.
Tommy Mitchell put together his most balanced and productive game of the trip, scoring 25 points and dishing out seven assists. Mitchell was 7-for-10 from the floor, and as a team, the Saints connected on 57% of their field goal attempts. While the Siena offense was impressive, it was the team's defensive effort that decided the outcome early. LaSalle converted just 28% of its field goal opportunities and just four three-point field goals in 31 attempts.
"We had our most complete effort so far tonight," Head Coach Rob Lanier said. "This was the first game we held up our defensive intensity throughout and that was the difference. The challenge now, will be to replicate that effort the next two nights."
Austin Andrews (12), Antoine Jordan (11), Michael Haddix (11) and Paul Williams (10) joined Mitchell in double figures for the victors. Justin Miller and David Ryan each had nine points, and Jamal Jackson chipped in six points and added nine assists (to just one turnover) while masterfully running the Siena offense. The Saints scored just 40 baskets on 25 assists attesting to the effectiveness of the team's execution.
Mike Davis, who spent three years in the NBA with the New York Knicks, scored all 17 of his points in the second half for LaSalle and Antonio Orona led the hosts with 19 points in a losing effort.
The Saints raced to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and increased their advantage to 30 (53-23) by halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the separation reached its final margin of 37 as Siena led 77-40.
Siena will play its fourth contest Saturday night against Cahuameros de Quintana Roo before facing probably its stiffest challenge of the trip Sunday night against the Belize National Team.
Notes: Around 100 spectators turned out in the steamy Casa de la Cultura to witness Siena's win...Mike Davis, now 47 years old, was a standout at the University of Maryland before his brief stint in the NBA with the Knicks...LaSalle converted just 1-of its first-21 three point field goal attempts...The Saints held LaSalle scoreless for the final six minutes of the first quarter...Paul Williams came up one rebound shy of his second consecutive double-double finishing the night with 10 points and nine boards.