Aug. 24, 2003
The Saints sprinted to decisive leads of 12-0, 20-2 and 30-4 and kept the pressure on for all 40 minutes in a 127-59 humiliation of Mayas de Yucatan on the team's final day of competition in Mexico. Siena finished its tour with a perfect 5-0 record, showing decided improvement each time out.
On this night, eight of the Saints 10 players reached double figures in scoring, paced by Austin Andrews' 25-point outburst. Siena converted 29-of its-34 first half field goals, building a ludicrous 77-26 advantage at the break.
The team's execution as flawless and Siena dictated the up-tempo pace from the start, as all 10 players sprinted the court with ease creating countless transition layups. Antoine Jordan finished the game with a triple-double, adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists to his 15 points scored. Tommy Mitchell keyed Siena's best outside shooting performance of the trip by converting 7-of his-10 field goal attempts including 4-of-5 three pointers.
"I am really proud of the way our guys came together and played hard this entire tour," Head Coach Rob Lanier said following the game. "We came together as a team and learned a lot about each other on and off the basketball court. This will clearly go along way to any success we should have this season."
Michael Haddix (16), Paul Williams (15), David Ryan (14), Justin Miller (10) and Brent Sniezyk rounded out the Saints in double figures. Guillermo Centeno led three Mayas players in doubles with 11 points.
The Saints had already amassed 109 points by the end of the third quarter, and had grabbed their first 70-point lead by the middle of that period. As a team, Siena converted 67% of its field goal opportunities while limiting Mayas to just 33% with its trademark defense. The offemse was the storyline on this day though, as the Saints dished out 40 assists (the school record is 33) on 48 baskets scored.
Siena will now enjoy the final two days of its Mexican odyssey competition free before returning to campus on Wednesday.
Notes: The schedule provided to Siena beforehand indicated the Saints were to play the Belize National team, but that was not the case...No Siena player has had a triple-double in an actual game since Marc Brown '90...Siena has eclipsed the 127-point mark just once in the 64-year history of the program, ousting St. Michaels 129-110 during the 1973-74 season.