Nov. 22, 2013
The young Siena basketball team has proven it can overcome adversity through the first four games of the season. Tonight, fans get a first chance to see how the Saints deal with success.
It's a prospect that has head coach Jimmy Patsos concerned.
"I'm very nervous," Patsos said. "Because in today's society people have wins and then they let down. You have a big win, can you handle it? Next thing you know, they lose."
Patsos is guarded after Siena's dramatic 72-70 buzzer-beating win over St. Bonaventure Tuesday night, his first as head coach of the program. It was the second straight encouraging effort from a Siena team that dresses seven freshmen and has started four each of the last three games.
Friday night Siena tries for its first road win of the Patsos era against a snake-bitten Cornell team looking for its first victory.
"Cornell has been on the rise," Patsos said. "The Ivy League's been getting better as a league. They've had a lot of success, they know how to win and they shoot a lot of threes. That's dangerous for us."
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